For nearly two months, three powerful dynamics have converged in Gaza: lawfare, a humanitarian crisis, and urban combat. This episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast examines those subjects and explores how they play out and influence one another in Gaza.
Our guests on the episode are retired General Joseph Votel, the distinguished chair of West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center and former commander of US Central Command, and Dr. Raphael Cohen, the director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE. They explore Hamas’s hybrid strategy in Gaza and Israel’s traditional counterterrorism approach in the Middle East, going on to emphasize the importance of addressing lawfare and humanitarian considerations head on. They also offer recommendations about operating in urban terrain and navigating geopolitical complexities that may require the United States and its allies to reconsider their global force structure.
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