Richard Melson

March 2006

Russia & Middle East Military

Dear Friend,

I am pleased to inform you that JCSS Memorandum No. 79,

The Russian Economy and Arms Exports to the Middle East,

by Paul Rivlin, is now available on line.

Russia is one of the largest exporters of arms in the world.

The Russian Economy and Arms Exports to the Middle East

explores the delicate interplay between Russian economics and foreign policy, particularly regarding arms and energy markets. The author examines the economic and political pressures that drive Russia's sales of weapons to the Middle East, including nuclear material to Iran. He also surveys the role that Russia, the largest producer of oil outside the Middle East, plays on international energy markets in an era of rising oil prices.

I hope you find this study of interest.

It can be accessed at:


Moshe Grundman

Director of Publications

Events 2006:


Event description

March 1, 2006

Three works shared the annual Lt. Col. Meir and Rachel Tshetshik Prize for Strategic Studies on Israel's Security: The Seventh War, a book on the recent Israeli-Palestinian violence by Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff; Dr. Kobi Michael's study on the role of the army in Israel's transition from war to peace; and Dima Adamsky's study on the involvement of the Soviet army in the War of Attrition. A panel discussion on Israel as it confronts the new Palestinian political landscape, chaired by JCSS Head Dr. Zvi Shtauber, followed the award ceremony. The panelists were Avi Dichter, former head of the GSS, Maj. Gen. (res). Yaakov Amidror, formerly head of research in Military Intelligence and commander of the IDF Military Colleges, and Maj. Gen. (res). Ami Ayalon, former head of the GSS.

Recent Publications

New Book

Shai Feldman and Yiftah Shapir (eds.),

The Middle East Strategic Balance 2003-2004,

Brighton: Sussex, October 2004.

Ephraim Kam,

From Terror to Nuclear Bomb: The Significance of the Iranian Threat,

Tel Aviv: MOD Publishing House and Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, 2004. (Hebrew).

Shai Feldman and Moshe Grundman, eds.

After the War in Iraq,

Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense Publishing House and Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel Aviv University, 2004. (Hebrew).


New: No. 72, October 2004 Aviezer Yaari, Civil Control of the IDF (Hebrew)

Strategic Assessment

New: Volume 7, No. 2 - August 2004

The Disengagement Plan: Political and Security Ramifications, Shlomo Brom

Disengagement, the "Seam" Zone, and Alternative Conflict Management, Shaul Arieli

Exceeding the Boundaries: The Parliamentary Report on Israel's Intelligence System, Ephraim Kam

Four Years after the Withdrawal from Lebanon: Refining the Rules of the Game, Daniel Sobelman

Technology in the Fight against Terrorism, Uzi Eilam

A Response to the Critics of the Geneva Accord, Menachem Klein


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Major General (res.) Aharon Yariv former government minister, Member of Knesset, and Director of Military Intelligence, took upon himself, at the University's request, the organization and management of the Center, and headed it until shortly before his death in 1994. Among the primary supporters of JCSS at its founding were Abba Eban, who served as first chairman of its International Board of Trustees, and the late Joseph H.(Buddy) Strelitz, then President of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University and later Chairman of the International Board of Trustees. Funds for the Center's creation were provided mainly by members of the Jewish communities of the United States, who have proved aware of and sensitive to the need for such an institution in Israel.



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New JCSS Memorandum

Moshe Grundman jcss2@POST.TAU.AC.IL

On Behalf Of TAU Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies


Thu, 08 Dec 2005

March 26, 2006