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Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal and worsening Middle East region Categories: China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-groun

Biblio File: The Philosopher

Biblio File: The Philosopher Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Middle East     Author: Ben Cohen

Bernard-Henri Lévy, France's leading public intellectual, has a new book, The Genius of Judaism - perhaps the fullest expression yet of his commitment to the Jewish faith, Jewish culture, and the continued flourishing of the State of Israel. Newly-returned from the Iraqi city of Mosul, where

Europa Europa: French Follies

Europa Europa: French Follies Categories: Europe, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

There is no doubt that France was an enthusiastic player in the colonial era... There are few signs that France has found a role for itself in the new international environment. Or that it has learned to cope with its five-million-strong Muslim population. Little wonder, then, that it has resorted t

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Editorial: A Change in Washington Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

While President Trump has unarguably been a polarising figure, it's crucial to divorce oneself from the rancour of the campaign and take stock of Trump's positions on Israel and the Middle East, as well as the team he has assembled for key cabinet and diplomatic positions. In doing so, we can find

A Refugee Problem with a Message

A Refugee Problem with a Message Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Einat Wilf & Adi Schwartz

Anyone who wants to understand why the conflict between the Zionist movement and the Palestinian Arabs has been going on for over 100 years won't find the answer in learned discussions of the question as to whether a quarter, a third or half of the Arabs were expelled during the 1948 War of Independ

Letter from a Forgotten Jew

Letter from a Forgotten Jew Categories: International Jewry, Middle East     Author: David Harris

I am a forgotten Jew. My roots are nearly 2,600 years old, my ancestors made landmark contributions to world civilisation, and my presence was felt from North Africa to the Fertile Crescent - but I barely exist today. You see, I am a Jew from the Arab world.

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From Obama to Trump

From Obama to Trump Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Change sweeping across the Middle East has prompted several Sunni Arab states to engage more closely with Israel. Shared strategic threats - the grow Binyamin Netanyahu kept a straight face as news of Donald Trump's victory astonished the world.

Editorial: The Age of Trump Categories: Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

It is pleasing to note that President-elect Trump has noticeably adopted a more inclusive and conciliatory tone after what has been a very divisive election, which we hope will continue. This is well, because the world urgently needs the US to remain a beacon of democracy over coming years and for

Video: Bangkok Track II conference – "Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Implications for Southeast Asia

Video: Bangkok Track II conference – "Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Implications for Southeast Asia Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Multimedia, Terrorism, Updates    

Veteran Israel commentator Ehud Yaari delivered a very perceptive overview of the Middle East at a public session hosted by the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) in Bangkok: "Islamist Movements and Middle East Turmoil: Lessons from and Implications for Southeast Asia". It is hig

Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion

Biblio File: Ike and the Mideast Delusion Categories: Egypt, Middle East, United States     Author: James Traub

Had Mr. Obama had the chance to read Ike's Gamble, Michael Doran's account of President Dwight D. ("Ike") Eisenhower's statecraft before, during and after the Suez Crisis of 1956, he might have saved his breath. Mr. Doran, a scholar and former State and Defence Department official in the George W. B

Editorial: The next US president Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump move into the final days of their campaigns, there is only one certainty: after eight years, the Barack Obama era will soon come to an end. The president to be inaugurated on January 20 will face a very challenging foreign policy landsc

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