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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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Email: chuck_freilich@harvard.edu

 

 

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2014

September 22, 2014

"A Generational Challenge"

Op-Ed, American Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"ISIS is the immediate threat and must be dealt with effectively, but we should view our efforts to deal with it as part of a much broader and multi-dimensional effort."

 

 

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August 5, 2014

"Can Israel Solve Its Gaza Nightmare?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[T]here is a fundamental popular misconception today regarding disproportionality in warfare. Warfare, the most heinous, if at times necessary, form of human endeavor is not about being fair and proportional; it is about wielding disproportionate force to defeat an enemy.

 

 

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July 12, 2014

"Death from Above: Israel's Hamas Nightmare Continues"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel's options are limited. Given the failure of the recent negotiations, there is no short-term diplomatic option. Israel cannot tolerate the current situation, but past experience demonstrates that even a major military operation will at most buy a temporary respite before the next round."

 

 

June 26, 2014

"The Middle East Heads towards a Meltdown"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"For decades, the United States was a leading player in the region and the primary stabilizer. Today, following its failures in Iraq and Afghanistan, compounded by the mishandling of regional developments since the onset of the 'Arab Spring', its regional influence is now at a decades-long nadir. This is not irreversible, but will require years to reverse and will severely impede its ability to influence events in the meantime."

 

 

White House Photo

June 26, 2014

"Mismanaging a Vital Relationship"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Netanyahu, however, went too far, criticizing the administration's approach for months and then strongly condemning the interim agreement, rather than working quietly to ensure that the potential downsides were minimized. In so doing he has managed to marginalize Israel on this issue and it is hardly a factor in the conduct of the negotiations."

 

 

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April 3, 2014

"Why Palestine Must Recognize Israel as a Jewish State"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The Jews' right to a nation-state was recognized by the League of Nations and United Nations. Israel is and always will be the nation-state of the Jewish people. That is its raison d'être, and it is high time that the Palestinians reconcile themselves to this."

 

 

March 19, 2014

"U.S.-Egyptian Relations on the Brink?"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Relations with authoritarian regimes have long posed a deep dilemma for American policy, between US strategic interests and the exigencies of realpolitik—the need to deal with the world as it is, not as we want it to be—and America's democratic ideals. In the pursuit of the former, the US has long supported numerous heinous regimes, none more so than the Saudi oil theocracy, or South Korea and South Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s."

 

2013

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December 6, 2013

"A Good Agreement for Israel"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"By the very nature of compromise agreements, no side achieves all of its objectives. The danger is that by insisting on our maximum position, a complete elimination of the nuclear program, we will fail to achieve that which is feasible—freezing and rolling back the program and keeping it under inspection."

 

 

Wikimedia Commons

December 3, 2013

"The Other Iranian Breakthrough"

Op-Ed, Al-Monitor

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel's focus over the coming months, however, should be on an attempt to conduct an intensive and discrete dialogue with the United States and other powers involved, to ensure that the final agreement is the best one possible, given the circumstances. Unfortunately, there will not be a knockout blow and Israel will probably have to continue living with an ongoing, if greatly diminished, Iranian threat. Not the outcome we sought, but apparently better than the alternatives."

 

 

White House Photo

November 27, 2013

"Netanyahu's Finest Hour—Or Not"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Netanyahu’s hard line is thus both understandable and at least partly justified, but his harsh criticism of the agreement ('a historic mistake') has been too strident, positioning Israel to look as the primary opponent of the agreement and exposing a rift with its irreplaceable ally, the United States. Moreover, in so blatantly positioning himself in opposition, he has probably undermined his own most important objective at this time—ensuring that the final agreement is the best deal possible."

 

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