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Editorial: The Eleventh Hour Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As this edition of the Australia/Israel Review went to press, negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran over Iran's nuclear program were continuing in Vienna ahead of a November 24 deadline, with little sign that a deal is imminent - certainly not one that would end the program altogether and dismantle

Time for Plan B on Iran's Nukes

Time for Plan B on Iran's Nukes Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Dennis Ross

It is no accident that hardly anyone involved in the Iranian nuclear negotiations has expressed optimism about meeting the November 24 deadline for a comprehensive agreement. The Iranian and US governments are continuing to meet regularly but there are few signs of meaningful progress. Indeed, the

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy

No to backburner, yes to a two-track strategy Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Glen Falkenstein

Iran's securing nuclear weapons would destabilise a region already suffering from mass upheaval, in addition to having dire security implications for the rest of the world. Multilateral efforts to deter the sadistic actions of ISIS, a crucial priority, seem to have distracted from internat

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Iran and the Iraq Crisis

Iran and the Iraq Crisis Categories: International Security, Iran, Iraq, Updates    

The subject of this Update is the Iranian role in the crisis in Iraq - and the suggestions being made that the US and its allies share a common interest with Iran in protecting the Baghdad government from the attacks of the Sunni Islamist groups ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

Why the Brussels shooting came as no surprise to the Belgian Jewish community

Why the Brussels shooting came as no surprise to the Belgian Jewish community Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, International Security, Updates     Author: Gabrielle Debinski

The world was stunned on Saturday, May 24, as news poured in of a deadly attack at The Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels. A lone gunman stormed into the museum in the city centre and began shooting. Security camera footage and witness concur that the gunman picked out his victims with calm and fo

Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons?

Essay: Why does Iran want nuclear weapons? Categories: International Security, Iran, Terrorism     Author: Emanuele Ottolenghi

During the past decade, Western diplomats have been engaged in protracted negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over its nuclear program. Though a deal remains elusive, Western policymakers remain adamant that an agreement is possible. Much of their optimism is driven by a willingness to te

Latest Iran Nuclear Talks

Latest Iran Nuclear Talks Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates    

The latest round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) ended yesterday, with little sign the gaps between the parties were narrowed significantly though it was reported the ongoing building of the Arak heavy water reactor - which w

The Syrian Conundrum

The Syrian Conundrum Categories: International Security, Syria, Updates    

In the wake of the complete failure of the Geneva 2 talks in late February to make any progress toward an agreement that would end the Syrian civil war, journalists, columnists and academic experts have been exploring what foreign policy options now exist to try and change that ugly

The China Syndrome

The China Syndrome Categories: China, International Security, Iran     Author: Gordon G. Chang

In November, immediately after the announcement that Iran had reached a deal with Western negotiators concerning its nuclear program, China's former ambassador to Teheran, Hua Liming, made the case that Beijing - not the American Secretary of State John Kerry or the European Union envoy Catherine As

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal

Too many chances for abuse in Iran deal Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

THE six-month interim nuclear deal reached between Iran and the US-led P5+1 powers - US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany - in Geneva in late November finally came into effect yesterday. But now the really hard part begins. If the six-month deal does not lead in the end to the kind of agreemen

Geneva: Beyond the Hype

Geneva: Beyond the Hype Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

The blockbuster nuclear deal reached early on the morning of Nov. 24 in Geneva between Iran and the US-led coalition is both less and more consequential than early reports suggested. And there is a good chance that its real value - whether it prevents Iran's nuclear ambitions or inadvertently opens

Europa Europa: Going Swedish?

Europa Europa: Going Swedish? Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Douglas Davis

From Israel to Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the myriad Gulf statelets, the perception that Washington has thrown in its lot with the Iranian-led Shia world - Syria and Hezbollah, plus Iraq - is unmistakable. That might not have been Obama's intention, but in such matters, percepti

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry

Scribblings: Nuclear Sophistry Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

When debating policy on Iran's illegal nuclear program, one argument that always gets raised is the supposed "double standard" of forcing Iran to give up its efforts to build nuclear weapons when Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons capabilities. Morally, the question is not that hard to addr

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