Publications by Norman A. Bailey

Cheers for Israeli diplomacy

Publication Date: Monday, March 28, 2016

While Israel's public diplomacy is a disaster, its official diplomacy in the Arab world, Asia, Africa and Russia has scored notable successes.  {read more}

The Syrian threat to Israel

Israel is wisely keeping out of the fray in Syria, but it may be challenged all the same.

Publication Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

There are more than two dozen state and non-state actors battling over the prostrate body of what used to be Syria, one of the artificial entities carved out in the Middle East by the British and French from the corpse of the Ottoman Empire. Syria, along with two others of those artificial constructs, Iraq and Lebanon, has become a failed state.  {read more}

Next US president will face intractable problems

The US presidential election is a confusing spectacle, and it's not clear who will ultimately be up to the task, or how it will pan out for Israel.

Publication Date: Friday, February 12, 2016

So far, this presidential election season in the US has been very unusual. The emergence of radical candidates of both the right and the left, who have made significant strides in the polls, the debates and in the Iowa caucuses has challenged the establishment figures in both the Democratic and Republican parties.   {read more}

US in the doldrums

The US and Europe - the traditional pillars of Israeli foreign diplomatic and economic relations - are crumbling.

Publication Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Since Israel's independence, its most important economic and financial partners have been in Europe and the US. In the past few years, however, this situation has changed dramatically.  {read more}

At last something serious from Davos

The World Economic Forum at least talked about extreme concentration of wealth. Solutions are another matter.

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Every year at about this time, the rich and the powerful gather together in the Swiss resort town of Davos to congratulate each other on another year in power and in control. Most years nothing much of any significance happens because attendance is an ego trip for the attendees, which they immensely enjoy, being very impressed with themselves and each other.  {read more}

The Growing Militarization of the Middle East

Iran, Turkey, Russia and China are all taking advantage of the regional turmoil to increase their military presence.

Publication Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recent developments in the Middle East show a disturbing trend, to add to all the other disturbing trends that have emerged in the region since the "Arab Spring" began in 2011.  {read more}

The petrokingdom proves me right

Feeling besieged and abandoned, Saudi Arabia's rulers have embarked on a risk-laden strategy.

Publication Date: Friday, January 8, 2016

Very seldom does a columnist have the experience of having one of his or her predictions begin to take shape within weeks, much less in 24 hours. But that is what has just happened.   {read more}

The petrokingdom in peril?

Predictions that events in Saudi Arabia will be key to regional developments in 2016 have much merit.

Publication Date: Monday, January 4, 2016

A number of analyses and New Year predictions have centered lately on what events might happen during 2016 involving Saudi Arabia.  {read more}

Middle East Poker

Publication Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Anyone who knows how to play poker knows the likely final results of a situation like this. Eventually, with a huge pot of chips piled up as a result of competitive raises, one of the players will see another and show his hand. Then all the others must do the same. The bluffs will be called and the player with the best hand will win. OR, everyone else will fold and the most skillful bluffer will take the pot without even having to show his hand.  {read more}

Israel and the clash of civilizations

The decay at the core of Western civilization is leading to increasing anti-Israel rhetoric and reality.

Publication Date: Friday, December 4, 2015

In the 1990's, Samuel Huntington wrote about the "clash of civilizations", and specifically predicted that the next global conflict of that nature would be between Western (Judeo/Christian; Greco/Roman) civilization and radical Islam.  {read more}

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