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Joshua Gleis
Dr. Joshua Gleis is president of Gleis Security Consulting, LLC. His newest book is Hezbollah and Hamas: A Comparative Study (Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2012). He is also the author of Withdrawing Under Fire: Lessons Learned from Islamist Insurgencies (Potomac Books, April 2011). Dr. Gleis received his PhD and Masters from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University -- the nation's oldest school of international relations, and his bachelors degree from Cornell University. Josh has held positions at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Bureau. Learn more by visiting his website, at: www/ or

Entries by Joshua Gleis

Burying Our Heads in the Sandbox: Ignoring Security at Summer Camps

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 12:04 AM

With signs of spring just barely starting to show, it might be hard to imagine that camp directors from coast to coast are dusting off their handbooks and starting to plan for summer. Yet apart from the standard repairs, hiring, and logistical concerns, summer camps increasingly have to worry about...

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Ten Lessons Learned by Hezbollah from Israel's Summer War in Gaza

(48) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 9:32 AM

It seems like an eternity ago that fighting raged in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, dubbed by the IDF as Operation Protective Edge. Nonstop coverage of that conflict clogged the airwaves for weeks, only to be drowned out by new headlines: ISIS. Ebola. Ferguson. But with activities

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Israel's Disproportionate War

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 8:05 AM

It has been nearly two weeks since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, in a stated effort to quell rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and weaken Hamas's infrastructure. Now, ten days into this most recent tit-for-tat, as Israel launches its ground invasion, nearly 250 Palestinians and...

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Happy Fourth of July, Kurdistan

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 9:25 PM

Pop quiz: What side does the United States support? On one side are the Iraqi Kurds. Backed publicly by Turkey and Israel, and privately, by a growing chorus of academic, political and economic leaders from around the world, the 20+ million people who call themselves Kurds...

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Israel's Game Changing War

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 10:35 AM

The recent flare up of violence between Israel and the Hamas has highlighted three specific game changes from wars past. The first is that there is no longer any part of Israel that is guaranteed to be immune from war. The second is that what happens in Israel now affects...

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The Trouble with Syria

(6) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 6:39 PM

It's been over 16 months since the "Arab Spring" first reached the shores of Syria. 16 months of gun battles, defections and condemnations that have slowly loosened the iron grip of the ruling Assad regime. With heavy fighting in the capital of Damascus, and with much of the...

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How the Presidential Election Could Lead to an Israeli Strike on Iran

(21) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 5:44 PM

National elections have long caught the attention of both domestic and foreign populations, and nowhere has this been more evident than in U.S. presidential elections. The man or woman that Americans vote into office can have a significant impact on the policies of countries around the world. America's adversaries, in...

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Never Underestimate Israeli Ingenuity

(14) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 10:15 AM

As the battle of both words and deeds heats up between Iran and the west, some experts have begun to question whether Israel even truly has the capability to effectively strike Iran's nuclear facilities. A recent assessment by American defense officials, for example, outlined the difficulties...

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How Not to Withdraw From Afghanistan

(13) Comments | Posted February 13, 2012 | 10:54 AM

Last week, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated publicly for the first time that the United States would end combat operations in Afghanistan by mid-2013. While the defense secretary argued that U.S. forces would follow the model of the American withdrawal from Iraq, it seems more likely that...

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Happy Holidays: Time to Increase Our Operational Security

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 11:49 AM

As anyone in the security field will tell you, with holiday cheer comes a higher risk of terrorist attack. Holidays in general are always a cause for concern for law enforcement and government agencies, as alert levels are raised, and calls for the public to remain vigilant are...

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Fall of the Gaddafi Regime: A Brief Analysis

(3) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 3:02 PM

On October 20, 2011, the former strongman of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, was captured and killed in his hometown of Sirte. The "King of Kings" of Africa, who had ruled the oil-rich North African country with an iron fist for over four decades and had an ego that made...

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Negotiating With Terrorists

(87) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 12:56 PM

The world has just witnessed yet another historic, lopsided prisoner exchange between Israel and a terrorist organization. When Hamas abducted Gilad Shalit back in June of 2006, it followed in the footsteps of Hezbollah and numerous Palestinian groups that had successfully kidnapped and traded Israelis, dead or alive, in return...

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Withdrawing From Afghanistan

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2011 | 4:13 PM

Pressure is growing for the United States to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan. The assassination of Osama bin Laden gave President Obama a passing but welcome reprieve from criticism and low poll ratings, yet it also led to a growing chorus of Americans who are urging the administration to pull...

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Withdrawing Honorably From Iraq

(8) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 1:06 PM

You have offered us independence; we never asked for it, nor dreamed of such a thing 'til you put the idea into our heads. For hundreds of years, we have lived in a state as far removed from independence as it is possible to conceive; now [that] we have asked...
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The Syrian Anomaly

(18) Comments | Posted April 18, 2011 | 9:39 PM

Across the Middle East today the "Arab Spring" appears to be in full bloom. Preoccupied with the disintegration of the formerly pro-American government in Yemen, the threat to its naval base in Bahrain, growing difficulties in Iraq, disorder in Egypt and

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Japan May Have Another Nuclear Crisis to Worry About in North Korea

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 4:54 PM

The world is witnessing an unprecedented series of catastrophes taking place in Japan. A massive earthquake and powerful aftershocks, followed by waves of tsunamis and subsequent nuclear calamities have left the entire world in a state of shock. Japan was arguably the best prepared country in the world for such...

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Lack of US Policy in the Middle East Is Leading to Its Decline in Power

(39) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 9:17 AM

American power is on the decline and nowhere is this more evident than in the Middle East today. The paradox is out there for all the world to see: as revolutions in the name of democracy flourish across the world, the globe's traditional beacon of hope and freedom...

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Another Middle East War on the Horizon

(73) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 5:32 PM

A new war in the Middle East is looming on the horizon--one that could create a fundamental shift in the region, and whose repercussions would be felt around the world. Israel, Hezbollah, Syria, and Iran are all feverishly preparing for war, even while declaring an interest in maintaining the status...

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Religious Divisions in Iran's Leadership -- More than Meets the Eye

(3) Comments | Posted July 13, 2009 | 3:22 PM

Deep fissures are showing as never before on a clerical style of government that has struggled for so long to paint itself as one united, single voice for Iran. A group of Iranian religious leaders, known as the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qom, released a statement last week...

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Technology Rules the Day Again in Iranian Uprising

(3) Comments | Posted July 2, 2009 | 5:15 PM

With all the talk of the "twitter revolution" and the role that technology is playing in the recent uprisings, one would think that technology is being used in revolutions for the first time. The truth is that it was the Islamists themselves who were the first to use technology for...

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