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Essay: The Myths of 1953

Essay: The Myths of 1953 Categories: Iran, United States     Author: Ray Takeyh

William Faulkner once mused that the past is never dead, in fact it's not even past. The story of the coup that toppled Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq in 1953 may not be dead, but it is unhinged from history. Tall tales by a scion of the American establishment - former CIA agent and presid

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After Liberation, Will Mosul Fall to Iran?

After Liberation, Will Mosul Fall to Iran? Categories: Iran, Iraq     Author: Michael J. Totten

For the first time ever, Shi'ite mosques operate inside the city. Shi'ite slogans appear on posters and are spray-painted on walls. You can now hear martial Shi'ite religious music on the streets. "We proudly entered Tikrit and Al Ojah and we will arrive in Fallujah soon," go some of the lyrics. Man

Amidst concern over North Korea's ICBM launch, Iranian missile shows Iran heading the same way

Amidst concern over North Korea's ICBM launch, Iranian missile shows Iran heading the same way Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The spotlight has justifiably been on North Korea for conducting another test on July 28 of an ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) which could reach Australia or most of the US West Coast. However a day earlier Iran also tested a missile, which received less attention, but which is equally co

Behind the News - July 2017

Behind the News - July 2017 Categories: Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestinians    

On June 16, Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, 23, was fatally stabbed near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in a co-ordinated gun and knife attack. Seconds earlier, two other assailants attacked Israeli border police troops nearby with a homemade gun and knives, injuring four people. All three attack

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran Categories: Iran, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Segall

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated simultaneous terror attacks on Iran's parliament (Majlis) building and on the tomb of Iran's first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, on June 7. The group issued a statement in its media arm, as well as a short video from a camera carried

Cold War over Qatar

Cold War over Qatar Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Matthew Brodsky

In a region where inter-Arab politics is frequently described as a zero-sum game, Qatar suddenly finds itself on the outside looking in. Recent analysis has tended to over-focus on the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, but a closer look reveals that the camel has suffered from chronic il

Video/Audio: Colin Rubenstein on Qatar/Arab States row and use of Al-Jazeera in Australian media Categories: Australasia, Gulf states, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Multimedia, Saudi Arabia, Updates    

Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein appeared on The Bolt Report on Sky News Australia, discussing why seven Arab countries to have cut ties with Qatar and why the ABC and SBS are wrong to use content sourced from Al-Jazeera, among other topics. This post contains two short video excerpts and aud

Another win for the system in Iran

Another win for the system in Iran Categories: Iran     Author: Eyal Zisser

The Iranian tragedy is that it is entirely uncertain whether Rouhani is even capable of ushering in the desired change. After all, Iran is not a democracy, and the elections are far from expressive of the public's true wishes. The election race was limited to establishment insiders who were vetted a

Behind the News - May 2017

Behind the News - May 2017 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

In the wake of the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the Syrian rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the former head of chemical warfare in the 5th Division of the Syrian army, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, who in 2013 defected from the regime, has stated that the regime has large amounts of chem

After N Korea, don't forget Iran

After N Korea, don't forget Iran Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Shmuel Levin

As North Korea once again comes to the fore of the world's conscious, the lesson should be clear. What matters is not short-term talk, deal, and negotiations, but whether Iran's long-term ambitions have changed. For now, this does not seem to be the case. And, if this is allowed to fester, the long

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

Although the entry of high-profile hardliners could make the race more interesting, the current President remains the favourite in Iran's May 19 election, which could also help determine the next Supreme Leader.

Nuclear Lessons

Nuclear Lessons Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Emily Landau

The Trump Administration is currently reviewing the North Korean nuclear situation, with the aim of generating a fresh approach to stop this determined proliferator. On his trip in mid March to Asia (Japan, South Korea and China), US Secretary of State Tillerson noted that twenty years of diplomatic

Editorial: Nuclear Shortsightedness Categories: Asia, Australasia, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On April 22, in the context of the Australian state visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea ominously and outrageously threatened to target Australia with a nuclear strike should it follow the US lead in isolating Pyongyang. This event should draw attention to the need for Australia to c

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