Barak Mendelsohn

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Barak Mendelsohn

It is hard to believe ISIS did not understand that threatening the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan would mean directly challenging the U.S. alliance with the Kurds and potentially provoking it to fight. Indeed, it is likely that ISIS viewed the possibility as a win-win.

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Barak Mendelsohn

The Israeli state has accelerated the erosion of its own authority in recent weeks. By stoking messianic and racist attitudes, it has gravely jeopardized its pluralistic and democratic identity.

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Barak Mendelsohn

ISIS’ astonishing success in Iraq could be a harbinger of a tectonic shift within the jihadi movement. Namely, ISIS -- a far more radical group -- could supplant al Qaeda as the movement’s leader.

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Barak Mendelsohn

Disowning ISIS came at some cost of reputation for al Qaeda, but the group could no longer afford to keep an affiliate that subverted central command. In the weeks and months to come, the United States would be wise to use the continued rift to promote its own interests in Iraq and Syria.

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Barak Mendelsohn

Two factors pushed Hamas to ramp up its bombing campaign: belief that its strategic environment had improved in the wake of the Arab Spring and competition from Salafi groups.

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Barak Mendelsohn

Hamas is facing increasing threats from its more extremist and Islamist rivals. Will the rule of Palestinian nationalism hold in Gaza?