Louis René Beres lectures and publishes widely on matters of terrorism, strategy and international law. The author of several early books on nuclear war and nuclear terrorism, he is closely involved with Israeli security issues, and is Chair of "Project Daniel," a group advising Israel's Prime Minister on existential nuclear questions. Professor Beres' most recent articles have appeared in International Security (Harvard), and in the Policy Paper series of the Ariel Center for Policy Research (Israel). His opinion columns appear in such major newspapers as The New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Indianapolis Star, The Jerusalem Post and Haaretz (Israel).
Nuclear weapons are not inherently undesirable or unnecessary. For Israel, they represent core elements of national security and survival. More precisely, they are needed to fulfill indispensable requirements for certain vital deterrence, preemption, and warfighting options
As US President Trump prepares for crisis bargaining with North Korea’s Kim Jung-un, he will need to understand the vital difference between genuinely cost-effective intellectual foundations of an inevitable escalation, and plainly shallow “fire and fury” bellicosity.
Increasingly, Donald Trump is showing palpable signs of debility. Most worrisome, in this sobering display, is the president’s conspicuously proud disregard for science, history, diplomacy, intelligence, and jurisprudence.
While opposing jihadist terror has become a critical security task in the United States, Europe, and Israel, little if any analytic attention has been directed toward possible remedies that would build suitably upon enemy searches for immortality, or power over death.