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Scribblings: The Talking Cure Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

US President-elect Barack Obama is going to change US policy toward Iran and end the Bush Administration approach of refusing to directly engage Teheran diplomatically, right? Actually, things are not nearly so cut and dried as this conventional wisdom holds.

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Crash Course Categories: Iraq, Middle East     Author: Jonathan Spyer

The first and most obvious reason why the Arab world is particularly vulnerable to the financial crisis is that a disproportionately large amount of Arab wealth is invested in global stock markets. Since the 1970s, the Arab world (or parts of it) has enjoyed a long windfall of oil wealth.

Editorial: Election Fever Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Whether the person inaugurated in Washington is Senator Barack Obama or Senator John McCain, and whoever emerges as prime minister in Israel, it is already clear that the new leadership in each country will immediately face a myriad of challenges.

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Iraq, post-Petraeus, post-Surge Categories: Iraq, United States, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today, we offer some pieces on the state of Iraq as the US Commander there, Gen. David Petraeus, this week handed over to his deputy and successor, Gen. Raymond Odierno, and a new book by Washington journalist Bob Woodward revealed new details about the White House and Pentagon decision-making that

The Anbar Handover in Iraq Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

On Monday, a major milestone occurred in Iraq. Anbar province, once the heartland of the insurgency, was handed back to Iraqi security control, the 11th province which has been turned over to Iraqi security forces.

Is It Over? Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Max Boot

The thinning of its ranks and the loss of central direction have had an obvious impact on al-Qaeda's operational effectiveness. A new study from Simon Fraser University ... finds that since 2001, there has been a net decline of 40% in casualties from terrorism around the world.

Al-Qaeda Today/ Syria's Nuclear Secrets Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Multimedia, Syria, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

Today's Update features two new pieces detailing expert debates about the current status and capabilities of al-Qaeda. First up, Peter Bergen discusses the controversy between analysts who argue that the organisation has become largely localised and leaderless and those who argue that the central

The State of Iraq Categories: Iraq, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

The situation in Iraq continues to be trending in largely positive directions, despite the occasional major act of violence, with even the venerable Associated Press concluding that US-led coalition forces there are now "winning"...

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