On April 14, 2020, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted a virtual, on-the-record event on the Middle East Security team's report entitled "Countering Iran in the Gray Zone: What the United States Should Learn from Israel's Operations in Syria."
Israel's "campaign between the wars" in Syria represents one of the few examples of a successful campaign to counter Iranian surrogates and proxies. This event discussed Israel's campaign and the lessons the United States can draw as it devises strategies to counter Iranian proxies, including how some of the lessons could have been applied during the escalation that led to the U.S. strike on Qassem Soleimani.
The event also featured remarks from:
- Ilan Goldenberg, Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security
- Nicholas A. Heras, Middle East Portfolio Manager, Institute for the Study of War
- Kaleigh Thomas, Research Associate, Middle East Security Program, Center for a New American Security