Russia's involvement in Syria injects a Christian dimension into the existing Sunni-Shiite divide; its presence there puts America's influence at risk and Israel's interests at stake.
Ely Karmon has been the Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya since 1997. He is also the Senior Research Fellow at The Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC.
Putin's military intervention does not target ISIS, but seeks to establish a solid strategic base for Russia in the Middle East. As Russia forges an alliance with Iran and Iraq, Israel's interests will be put at stake.
The CIA belatedly concluded that Assad has been cheating on his agreement to disband Syria's chemical weapons stash. There's no reason to believe the international community will do better in Iran.
Syria has been declared the United States' No. 1 security threat for 2014. With radical forces growing stronger, are drone strikes the solution?
The plan to disarm Syrian chemical weapons is unrealistic, not least because they are the Assad regime's doomsday weapon to preserve the survival of its own Alawite community.
Across East and West Africa, Iranian and Lebanese nationals have been arrested in connection with Hezbollah-related terrorist activities. What is Hezbollah and Iran - building in Africa, and why?
Western governments, above all the U.K., have yet to realize that the impunity enjoyed by radical Islamist leaders to publish, organize and incite violence is the single greatest danger to their security.
Israel and Turkey, not to mention the U.S., have strong interests in making a reconciliation work. But three years of mistrust will not evaporate overnight, especially bearing in mind the warm relations Turkey's leader Erdogan has with Hamas.
Obama’s visit is an important opportunity for Israel to lobby for a grand agreement between the U.S. and Russia to protect and disarm the Alawite minority in Syria after the fall of Bashar Assad's regime.
The late Venezuelan President Chavez was Iran's go-between for Latin America, and probably the most open apologist for Hezbollah in the region. The symbiotic relationship between Chavez and Ahmadinejad was also grounded on their visceral anti-Semitism.