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Iran "vulnerable" to sanctions Categories: International Security, Iran, Middle East    

IRAN is much more vulnerable to pressure than the West realises, and ratcheting up the pressure with sanctions may halt its nuclear weapons program, according to an Israeli specialist on Iran. The European Union's history with Iran taught it that it could mock the West, but sanctions passed on Monda

Lebanon, Hezbollah and UNIFIL Categories: International Security, Lebanon, Updates    

Following the revelation earlier this month by Israel security forces of specific details about Hezbollah military infrastructure in Southern Lebanon, Hezbollah has initiated some confrontations between its supporters and the UN's UNIFIL peacekeepers in southern Lebanon. These seemed to be designed

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Essay: Rational Action Categories: International Security, Iran, Middle East     Author: Amitai Etzioni

One of the few points on which there is wide agreement is that for deterrence to work, the leaders of the nations that command nuclear arms must be rational. The same holds for terrorists who may acquire nuclear arms one way or another. In effect, a small cottage industry has developed of popular au

Additional Autonomous Sanctions on Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

This Update features analysis of the increasing trend of announcements of additional autonomous sanctions directed against Iran's nuclear program in the wake of the passage of the UN Security Council's new sanctions resolution, earlier this month. As noted in previous Updates, this trend incorporate

Are they enough? Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: BICOM

Israeli officials privately noted that the draft resolution lacked the tough provisions that Jerusalem believes are necessary to force Iran to rethink its policy. In this regard, the absence of sanctions targeting the energy sector is seen as of particular importance.

Iran ups the stakes at UN Categories: International Security, Iran, United Nations, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update looks at the shameless spectacle of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations this week, which saw the delegations from the US, Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and others walk out.

Nuclear Fallout Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Michael Crowley

Critics may complain that the nuclear summit was a glorified photo-op. But even merely gathering world leaders to discuss nuclear terrorism is an achievement.

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Editorial: Nuclear Elephant in the Room Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Yet Obama's Nuclear Security Summit largely ignored the Iranian nuclear elephant in the room. His sanctions efforts against Iran are likewise taking much too long, as the Iranians continually announce the achievement of new nuclear milestones while deadline after deadline is postponed.

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