... for openness and credibility....


Dov S. Zakheim is a Senior Fellow at CNA Corp and Senior at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Washington. Previously he served as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and DoD Chief Financial Officer (2001-04) and as DoD Coordinator of civilian programs in Afghanistan (2002-04). From 1985 to 1987, he was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Planning and Resources. He sits on various corporate boards and is Vice-Chairman of both the Foreign Policy Research Institute and Center for the National Interest. He is also the author of Flight of the Lavi: Inside a US-Israeli Crisis (Brassey's 1996).

Commentary 634: UAE's Sheikh Mohammed saves the day - or does he?

31 August 2020

Donald Trump’s electoral prospects appeared to be fading away; for weeks Joe Biden was leading him in every poll. Israel’s Benjamin Netany

Read More »

Commentary 645: Other Arab states may not line up to normalize relations with Israel

15 October 2020

Having hosted a successful White House ceremony to formalize the normalization of Israel’s relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bah

Read More »

Commentary 653: Blocking the F-35 sale to the UAE will only help our foes and Israel’s

25 November 2020

Forty years ago, the Reagan administration sought to sell AWACS early-warning and control aircraft to Saudi Arabia, a close American ally but an unaba

Read More »

Commentary 655: We can't allow Turkey and Russia to fill America's Middle East vacuum

10 December 2020

President Trump appears determined to withdraw as many troops as he can from the Middle East before he vacates the White House on Jan. 20, 2021. While

Read More »

Commentary 673: A fearless Pope makes history in Iraq

02 April 2021

“It was an amazing visit.” That’s how Iraqi President Barham Salih summed up to me the historic visit of Pope Francis to Iraq. And P

Read More »

Commentary 681: Why Abandoning King Abdullah Would Be Bad for America

29 April 2021

Jordan’s arrest of about twenty leading officials accused of plotting to overthrow King Abdullah II, coupled with Prince Hamzah bin Hussein&rsqu

Read More »

Commentary 683: Washington's split with Turkey widens - but it is up to Turkey to heal the rift

07 May 2021

The chasm between Washington and Ankara grows wider by the day. President Biden’s decision to keep a campaign promise that his predecessors made

Read More »

Commentary 685: How to stop an unnecessary war

17 May 2021

At the time of writing, the increasingly bloody war between Israel and Hamas continues apace. At some point Egypt will mediate a truce, as it has done

Read More »

Commentary 691: The Israel-Hamas ceasefire is holding— what's next?

07 June 2021

The Israel-Hamas ceasefire appears to be holding. President Biden has reiterated his commitment to a two-state solution — a commitment that form

Read More »

Commentary 721: Holding back on defensive systems for Israel could have dangerous consequences

30 September 2021

Several days ago, a group of so-called progressive Democrats, led by the “Squad”  — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilha

Read More »

Commentary 742: After Nearly 75 Years, Israel Finally Finds Acceptance in the Middle East

13 December 2021

Even as the left wing of the Democratic Party continues to blast Israel — to the degree that the Squad opposed the sale of the Iron Dome defence

Read More »

Commentary 752: China Opens New Doors in the Middle East

24 January 2022

The State Department this week issued a report that once again rejects China’s claims to exclusive sovereignty over the South China Sea —

Read More »

Commentary 759: Shimon Peres saw it coming, and the Emirates made it happen

09 March 2022

In what proved to be the last book he wrote before his death, “No Room for Small Dreams,” Israeli statesman Shimon Peres presciently obser

Read More »

Commentary 762: Breadcrumbs That Could Bring Down a Government

18 May 2022

It is not often that a government falls over a few crumbs. But that is exactly what could happen to Israel’s coalition government, which assumed

Read More »

Commentary 581: America Might Not Go to War with Iran, but Israel Might

13 January 2020

While Americans are agonizing over the wisdom of killing Iranian Quds Force leader Qassim Suleimani, and debating how to respond to the likelihood of

Read More »

Commentary 584: Withdrawal from Iraq would dangerously undermine American national security

17 January 2020

Washington continues to be consumed by speculation and debate over whether the United States should retaliate against any Iranian reprisals to avenge

Read More »

Commentary 540-Bibi could win with risky gamble, but US and Israel could lose

04 March 2019

For months, Israel’s pundits predicted that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu once again would emerge the victor in the country’

Read More »