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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

Essay: The Turning of Turkey

Essay: The Turning of Turkey Categories: Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria, Turkey     Author: Abigail Chernick

Since its decisive re-election in 2007, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been re-aligning the country's foreign policy. Under Erdogan's governance, Turkey has been moving away from its 20th century Western orientation and towards an alliance with

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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

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Scribblings: Listening to Abbas Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

It is worth noting one more thing that Abbas said in Washington, not to the Jewish leaders this time to but to President Obama. According to Haaretz (June 13), he reportedly told the President he is opposed to lifting the naval blockade of the Gaza Strip because this would bolster Hamas. Analysts ha

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

Iran's Green Movement, One Year Later Categories: Iran, Updates    

With this week marking the first anniversary of Iran's fraudulent Presidential election and the mass "Green Movement" protests it sparked, this Update features a sampling of some of the many pieces commenting on the significance of events in Iran over the past year.

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.

Child of the Revolution Categories: Iran     Author: Michael J. Totten

One young Iranian man, who now goes by the name Reza Kahlili, joined Khomeini's Revolutionary Guards right at the beginning. He quickly became disillusioned, however, when he saw young people tortured and murdered in Teheran's notorious Evin Prison.

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.

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.

Is Washington's Iran policy "confused" Categories: Iran, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Much debate has been sparked by the revelation in the New York Times last weekend that US Defence Secretary Robert Gates had written a secret memo stating that, in the paper's words, the US lacks "an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability."

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Iran and the Nuclear Security Summit Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, US President Obama earlier this week hosted a 47-nation summit on the subject of potential nuclear terrorism, designed to create additional safeguards against that threat. This Update is devoted to analysis looking at how the achievements of the Summit relate to the ongoing

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