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A new series of short interviews with international experts. More videos will follow soon!


Three Questions for Matthew Levitt about Hezbollah

Dr. Matthew Levitt is senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and heads the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at theU.S. Departments of the Treasury. His teaching activities include appointments at the John Hopkins University and his book "Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God" will be published by Georgetown University Press in 2013.

Three Questions for Wahied Wahdat-Hagh about Iran

Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh is a German-Iranian political scientist and one of the most knowledgeable experts on the Iranian regime in Germany. He is a Senior Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy and has written extensively about Iran in major German and international media. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh has just published the study “The Islamist Totalitarianism. About Anti-Semitism, Anti-Bahaism, Persecution of Christians and gender-specific Apartheid in the ‘Islamic Republic of Iran’”.



Three Questions for Michael Rubin about Iran

Michael Rubin is a former Pentagon official whose major research area is the Middle East, with a special focus on Iran, Syria, Arab Politics, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and Turkey. He is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. He regularly instructs senior military officers deploying to the Middle East on regional politics, and teaches Iranian history, culture, and politics onboard U.S. aircraft carriers. Rubin has lived in the Islamic Republic of Iran and is editor of the daily newsletter Iran News Round Up that provides translations from Iranian media. He is currently completing a history of U.S. diplomacy with rogue regimes.



Three Questions for Dr. Moshe Elad about main obstacles for peace, Hamas-Fatah and the "Arab Spring"

Dr. Col. (Res.) Moshe Elad combines a varied extensive academic knowledge with many years of field experience in the Palestinian territories. He has spent 30 years in Israel Defense Forces, half of them in the "Territories" and in Lebanon. Among his other positions he served as Governor of Jenin district, Bethlehem district, Tyre district (in South Lebanon) and as Head of Security coordination with the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, during the implementation of the "Oslo Accord" ('95-'98). Today Dr. Elad is teaching, among others, at the Faculty of Political Sciences/Security studies and History of the Middle East at Western Galilee College, and he regularly appears as expert on Israeli and international media.



Three questions for Prof. Richard Landes about "radical Islam's cognitive warfare", honor-shame cultures and Western media

Richard Landes is a professor of History at Boston University, a fellow this year at the Alexander Universität Erlangen. His latest book is Paranoid Apocalypse: A Hundred Year Perspective on the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He maintains two websites: and The recording of his Berlin Middle East Talk can (soon) be found here.




Three questions for Dan Schueftan about Iran, unilateral Israeli disengagement and the "Arab Spring"

Dr. Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa. For the last three decades, he has been a consultant to the Israeli and other governments. He regularly appears in international media. In his influential books, he among others called for the unilateral Israeli disengagement from Gaza. You can find the documentation of his lecture in Berlin here.



Three questions for Herb Keinon about Israel's diplomatic situation and Western policy options in face of the upheavals in the region

Herb Keinon is political scientist and diplomatic correspondent of The Jerusalem Post. More informationen and his latest articles can be found here.




Three questions for Burak Bekdil about Turkey

Burak Bekdil lives in Ankara and writes among others for the Hürriyet Daily News. He is one of Turkey’s most outspoken commentators and critics of internal developments and foreign policy. His latest columns can be read here:

The video of his lecture in Berlin can be found here.