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Louis René Beres was educated at Princeton (Ph.D., 1971), and is the author of many books, monographs, and scholarly articles dealing with various legal and military aspects of  nuclear strategy. In Israel, he was Chair of Project Daniel (PM Sharon, 2003). Over the past years, he has published extensively on nuclear warfare issues in the Harvard National Security Journal (Harvard Law School); Yale Global Online (Yale University); JURIST; Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists; International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence; Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs; The Atlantic; The Washington Times; US News & World Report; Special Warfare (Pentagon); Parameters: Journal of the US Army War College (Pentagon); The New York Times; The Hill; The Jerusalem Post; and Oxford University Press. His twelfth book,  published in 2016 by Rowman & Littlefield, is titled: Surviving Amid Chaos: Israel’s Nuclear Strategy.   A monograph with U.S. General (USA/ret.) Barry R. McCaffrey was published at Tel Aviv University in December 2016:  https://sectech.tau.ac.il/sites/sectech.tau.ac.il/files/PalmBeachBook.pdf  Professor Louis René Beres is also a regular contributor to Israel Defense (Tel-Aviv).

 

From Renaissance to Cultural Decline

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Nuclear Avoidance in the Middle East: Background (Part I)

“For there is nothing on earth more acceptable to that Supreme Deity who rules over this whole world than the councils and assemblages of men bound together by law, which are called States.” Cicero, Somnium Scipionis Recent...

Trump, truth and ‘the winter of our discontent’

The recent summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jung Un of North Korea represents a conspicuous failure for the United States. The American president set unrealistic goals for his negotiations (a potentially remediable mistake),...

American National Security and the Imperative Primacy of “Mind”

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 1,105, March 7, 2019 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: While President Trump intends to bolster US power through enhanced weapons systems and a rededication to belligerent nationalist foreign policies, authentic national security will require...

How Did We Even Get Here? Core Origins Of America’s Trump Decline

"There is something inside all of us that yearns not for reason, but for mystery – not for penetrating clear thought, but for the whisperings of the irrational." Karl Jaspers, Reason and Anti-Reason in Our...
Kim and Trump shaking hands at the red carpet during the DPRK–USA Singapore Summit by Shealah Craighead. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

American national security and the rediscovery of ‘mind’

President Donald Trump likes to brag about America’s “much bigger and more powerful” weapons, but the core bulwark of American national security is not to be found in more lethal forms of destruction; rather,...
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016. Credit: U.N. Photo/Cia Pak.

A Threat beyond Terrorism: The Strategic Hazard of a Palestinian State

“A scientist, whether theorist or experimenter, puts forward statements, or systems of statements, and tests them step by step.” (Karl R. Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery, 1959) Ordinarily, Palestinian statehood is assessed by capable scholars and...
Photo: The U.S. Navy's nuclear ballistic submarine USS MAINE (SSBN -41) one of the nations newest Ohio class submarines, conducts surface navigational operations approximately 50 miles due south of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Credit: U.S. Navy

The Hidden Complexities of U.S. Decision-Making on North Korea

“The existence of ‘system’ in the world is at once obvious to every observer of nature, no matter whom….”   — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man The core nuclear crisis with North Korea is...
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Donald Trump and the “Doomsday Clock”

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.” (Albert Einstein, May 1946) Albert Einstein, a founder of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, understood...

Emptiness and consciousness: Still unseen limits of American politics

Nowadays, in the midst of near-perpetual scandal, both Democrats and Republicans are variously criticized for failing to fix a beleaguered country. But America’s core problems are not remediable in politics. By itself, no American...

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