Itamar Rabinovich

For Itamar Rabinovich's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 20, 2012

Four competing Sinai powder kegs

The crisis in the Sinai Peninsula seems to have been dwarfed by the drama in Cairo. But Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s civilian coup, in which he dismissed General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the leader of the army’s supreme command, has not diminished the importance of ...

Aug 1, 2012

Syria's tipping point to desperation

During World War II, Winston Churchill famously drew a distinction between “the end of the beginning” and “the beginning of the end.” That distinction is equally applicable to the unfolding Syrian crisis. Recent events — the growing number of high-level defections from the regime’s ...

May 9, 2012

Feared anarchy has arrived in Syria

The failure of the Obama administration, its Western allies and several Middle East regional powers to take bolder action to stop the carnage in Syria is often explained by their fear of anarchy. Given the Syrian opposition’s manifest ineffectiveness and disunity, so the argument ...

Mar 30, 2012

Forging a Syrian opposition worthy of support

Syria’s crisis is now a year old, with close to 10,000 people, mostly civilians, dead — and no end in sight. The country is at a stalemate: The opposition is unable to topple President Bashar Assad’s regime, and Assad’s forces are unable to quash ...