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Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great

Europa Europa: Catherine the Not-so-Great Categories: Europe, International Security, Iran     Author: Douglas Davis

When Catherine Ashton arrived in Israel last month she was carrying an outsized bundle of political baggage. The European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, who is leading the international talks with Iran over its nuclear ambitions, had ostensibly made the journey to assu

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Nukes on the Table

Nukes on the Table Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Dore Gold

The clock is ticking on the Iranian nuclear program. Last December, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta appeared on the CBS news program, "60 Minutes", and declared that Iran could have a bomb within twelve months. He added that the time frame might be shorter if the Iranians have "a hidden facilit

Editorial: Last Chance Diplomacy Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Following a period of increased international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, the P5+1 nudged Iran back to the negotiating table on April 13. The two-day talks, held in Istanbul, yielded little but an agreement to resume talks in five weeks time, on May 23 in Baghdad. Whether you a

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New Leadership and Old Tricks from Pyongyang

New Leadership and Old Tricks from Pyongyang Categories: Asia, International Security     Author: Nir Reichental

Imagine the following terrifying scenario for the international community - a rogue, impoverished country armed to the teeth with doomsday weaponry, a regime infamous for its belligerence, yet one whose perceptions of reality and decision-making processes are a mystery. Let us further imagine such a

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program

The SMH’s quest to downplay the Iranian nuclear program Categories: Anti-Zionism, Australasia, International Security, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Seldom has there been such a brazen attempt to pass off pantomime as intelligent debate. Saturday's edition of the Sydney Morning Herald's (SMH) weekly "The Question" section - which canvasses the opinions of four experts with presumed standing on a specific issue - addressed the topic of "Is the We

Warning Bell

Warning Bell Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Ephraim Asculai

The long awaited and much overdue Annex of the November 2011 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report was presented to the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council on November 8, 2011. Although the Annex contains much interesting and fresh information, its basic message that Iran

Editorial: What Needs to be Done Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Speaking to CNN recently, Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak posed a terrifying scenario: "Who would have come to rescue Kuwait when it was taken by Saddam Hussein 20 years ago, if Saddam could have said credibly enough that he has three or four crude nuclear devices?" The answer of course,

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon should broaden its focus Categories: International Security, Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, Updates     Author: Michael Immerman

In the latest development from the ongoing saga surrounding the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, the UN will be holding off on the prosecution of the suspected assassins for the time being. As reported, legal proceedings against Mustafa Badreddine, Salam Ayyash, Hussein

Iran responds to IAEA by threatening to destroy Israel... again + Australia feels the fallout

Iran responds to IAEA by threatening to destroy Israel... again + Australia feels the fallout Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, United Nations, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

As outlined in yesterday's update, the UN's atomic energy watchdog has just released a report that just falls short of definitively stating that Iran has a nuclear weapons program - seemingly the closest that the UN ever comes to an unequivocal condemnation of a country that is not Israel. Th

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