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event invitation: Robert Greenway

Luncheon Discussion on the Abraham Accords

BENS Texas hosts a Dallas luncheon discussion on the Abraham Accords and a discussion of the Middle East with Robert Greenway, President and Executive Director of the Abraham Accords Peace…

WSJ Biden Presses For Israeli Arab Security Cooperation To Come Out Of Shadows

Biden Presses for Israeli-Arab Security Ties to Come Out from the Shadows

Israel is working more closely than ever with Arab countries on a joint effort to contain an increasingly assertive Iran. On a visit to the Mideast this week, President Biden…

FPN Will Bidens Visit To Saudi Arabia Be His Walk To Canossa

Will a Biden Trip to Saudi Arabia Be His “Walk to Canossa”?

In 1076, in a contest of the Holy Roman Empire’s secular power and the Catholic Church’s ecclesiastical power, Pope Gregory VII excommunicated the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry IV. The following…

ForeignPolicyNews US Needs To Reset Its Relationships In Middle East

US Needs to Reset Its Relationships in the Middle East

The Middle East has long been an arena of conflicts and intrigues, driven by tribal feuds, religion, and culture. The region’s abundance of petroleum, and its strategic location at the…

event invitation: Major General Amos Gilead

Virtual Discussion with General Amos Gilead, former Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Defense

BENS hosts General Amos Gilead, former Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

DefenseNews Post Afghanistan USAF Changes Jolly Green II Helicopter Purchase Plans

Post-Afghanistan, US Air Force Changes Jolly Green II Helicopter Purchase Plans

The U.S. Air Force wants to cut the total number of new combat rescue helicopters it plans to buy by one-third, a sign of how it is adjusting to a post-Afghanistan threat…

Missiles in front of Iranian flag

How Iran is Winning, One Attack at a Time. 

This week, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) issued a statement confirming that “U.S. forces at Al Dhafra Air Base, near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), engaged two inbound…


US Troop Level Reduction in Middle East Likely as Focus Shifts Elsewhere

The U.S. military is likely to reduce the number of troops it keeps in the Middle East and Central Asia while remaining engaged in those regions to counter Iran and…

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Between Then and Now, They Did Not Die in Vain

Army Capt. Dan Whitten was a young West Point officer serving in Afghanistan when I met him for the first time. One of his friends noted that he was outgoing…

US military personnel guard evacuees in Kabul, Afghanistan

Evacuating is the Most Demanding Mission of 20 Years in Afghanistan

The images of the last two weeks have been riveting to many Americans, but especially to the nearly 800,000 U.S. veterans and service members who served in Afghanistan. No one…