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Editorial: Dr. Zarif’s Friendly Face

Editorial: Dr. Zarif’s Friendly Face Categories: Australasia, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Australia recently hosted Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's Foreign Minister - the urbane and seemingly moderate face of the Islamic regime. However, just because someone is charming and speaks English with a lovely accent, does not make him a moderate. In fact a close look at his various comments wh

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In late February the US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement warning that the Mosul Dam is at a ‘a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning.' The Embassy confirmed that such an event would represent an unprecedented humanitarian and strategic crisis for Ira

Russia pulling out of Syria?

Russia pulling out of Syria? Categories: Russia, Syria, Updates    

Russian President Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia is pulling out the “main part” of Russia'’s expeditionary force in Syria - but are keeping a key airbase and naval base. This Update is about the significance of the announced withdrawal, especially for Syria, and what was li

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Bibi takes a punt

Bibi takes a punt Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

If it is up to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the controversial casino industry famous for bringing prosperity to places like Las Vegas and Macau is to arrive in Israel, albeit in a limited and constricted way. Then again, his quest faces formidable political opposition which, together with the

Biblio File: A Reformer Reformed

Biblio File: A Reformer Reformed Categories: Iran     Author: Sohrab Ahmari

The Shi'ite Islamists who run Iran disagreed with her. In the years since her Nobel triumph, they have set out to destroy Ebadi - and have mostly succeeded. Until We Are Free is Ebadi's account of the devastation. It is a revealing and dark work, notable for the author's frank reassessment of some o

Confronting BDS "macro-aggression" on campus

Confronting BDS "macro-aggression" on campus Categories: Anti-Zionism     Author: Mark G. Yudof

The phrase "connect the dots" originally referred to a children's game in which a bigger picture was revealed by drawing lines among the points. In adult lingo it became a metaphor for teasing out salient relationships often overlooked by the less subtle. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

Europa Europa: Pop-Up Populists Categories: Europe     Author: Douglas Davis

Populists - on the far right and left - have popped up across Europe. The political Grand Tour today reveals the far-left Syriza and the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn in Greece, the Front National in France, the Alternative and Linke in Germany, Flemish Interest in Belgium, the Party for Freedom in the Nethe

Asia Watch: Soft Power

Asia Watch: Soft Power Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Israel's push to gain ground in Asia is nothing if not multifaceted and the growing trade and cultural links may yet reap political benefits over the long-term.  Much has been said already of the interest Israel's hi-tech industries are generating in Asia. Countries like Singapore and Chi

Nuclear Outsourcing to Pyongyang?

Nuclear Outsourcing to Pyongyang? Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau & Alon Levkowitz

There is a strong possibility that Iran will continue to benefit from North Korea's nuclear advances, and some of Iran's nuclear activities might take place in North Korea itself, using the "hermit state" as a convenient backyard.

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Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

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