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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.

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."

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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What's next for the Iranian Opposition Categories: Iran     Author: Reuel Marc Gerecht

Supreme leader Ali Khamenei had a good day on February 11. If the pro-democracy Green movement had managed to send hundreds of thousands of demonstrators once again onto Teheran's streets, his heybat - the indispensable awe behind dictatorship - would have been finished.

Fade to Green? Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

Khamenei had spent months worrying that the opposition Green movement would hijack the anniversary. On Feb. 11, he seemed to regain his self-confidence by proving that he could manage Teheran's streets.


Clashes expected in Iran tomorrow amid latest nuclear crisis Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

It is widely being predicted that tomorrow, February 11, which is the anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution, there will be widespread clashes in Iran between the regime and opposition demonstrators, with both sides reportedly mobilising their forces onto the streets of Iranian cities, especially

Essay: The Great Satan Myth Categories: Iran, United States     Author: Abbas Milani

The Iranian regime has never found itself more vulnerable. And, with this vulnerability, it has never leaned more heavily on its own narrative of history. This narrative, of course, has a central antagonist, a character conjured as the "Great Satan".

Inside Iran's Opposition Movement Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

This Update features some new insights into the goals and motivations of Iran's "Green" opposition movement. The first entry comes from Iranian-American analyst Mehdi Khalaji, who writes about the experience of his own father, an ayatollah now languishing in an Iranian prison.

Iran's Green Movement: Ashura and the death of Montazeri Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The Iranian regime has had a bad few weeks internally, resorting to considerable violence to suppress dissident protests first during the annual Ashura Shiite religious festival and then again during the funeral and other mourning ceremonies for leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hosein Ali M

Iran, Gaza and Gilad Shalit Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update concerns the linked issues of Iran, Egypt, Gaza and the fate of Gilad Shalit. It opens with a discussion in the Wall Street Journal of "The Peoples' Revolt in Iran," an editorial discussing the mass protests at this week's funeral for opposition figure (but former heir apparent to the

Time's Up for Iran Sanctions Categories: International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

If anyone still had any doubts about Iran's nuclear intentions, these should have been dispelled by last week's revelations in The Times of documents showing Iran experimented with neutron trigger technology. Such technology can only be used in nuclear weaponry.

IAEA: End of an era Categories: International Security, Iran, Israel, Middle East, Syria     Author: Efraim Asculai

On December 1 Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the three-term International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general passed the keys to his office to his successor... He will probably be remembered as the director-general who politicised his position more than any of his predecessors.

Editorial: Time's Up Categories: International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

If the US and European Union want to avoid the associated horrors of an Iranian nuclear bomb and the costs of a military attack to pre-empt it, either the UN Security Council must impose meaningful, enforceable and targeted sanctions against Iran or the US, with like-minded allies including the EU a

An Iranian nuclear "smoking gun"? Categories: International Security, Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

As has been widely reported, the Times (UK) has revealed what appears to be a "smoking gun" on the Iranian nuclear program - documents which appear to reveal work on a neutron initiator, a nuclear component which has no other use than triggering a nuclear weapon.

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Iran: Last Chance for Sanctions? Categories: Iran, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features a number of pieces on the state of the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program - with a special focus on the prospects of additional sanctions now that the end-of-year deadline for negotiating progress set by the US administration is looming.

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