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From Pyongyang with love

From Pyongyang with love Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Middle East, Syria     Author: Allon Lee

North Korean cooperation is a linchpin in Iran's development of ballistic missiles, without which progress would be retarded a very great deal. On Iran's nuclear push, the evidence is less conclusive, but North Korean assistance seems likely to be very significant to Iran’s nuclea

Editorial: A Jewish, Democratic State Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

A furore has erupted in Israeli and foreign media over Israel's self-description as a Jewish and democratic state, its demand that Palestinians recognise this as part of a final peace and a proposed amendment to an existing oath of loyalty for naturalised Israeli citizens to include the phrase 'Jewi

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Moral Victory

Moral Victory Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Terrorism, United States     Author: Walter Russell Mead

And the Sunni Arabs of Iraq made a choice. They saw al-Qaeda at its best - volunteer freedom fighters come from around the world to fight for them - and they saw America at its worst, incompetent, insensitive, vacillating and violent. And they chose the United States. They decided that the future of

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Editorial: In the Balance Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The next prime minister of Australia should be whoever can more convincingly promise a stable coalition able to undertake the responsibilities of government more effectively. Overseas and Australian state government experience demonstrates that stable, effective minority government is possible give

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

Scribblings: Going Green? Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There does seem to be one prediction on which most election analysts agree - the Australian Greens are likely to wind up controlling the balance of power in the Senate. This will be worrying to many in the Australian Jewish community because not only does the Greens party's membership base seem, on

Editorial: Reaffirming Bipartisanship Categories: Australasia, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Once again, the Australian Jewish community is fortunate enough to have the choice between two prime ministerial candidates who strongly defend Israel's right to exist in peace and security. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott continue the tradition of Australia's bipartis

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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Israel: The Case for Optimism Categories: Israel, Middle East     Author: Efraim Inbar

As I travel around the world, I often encounter strong pessimism about Israel's current situation and future prospects. I want to give everyone some good news. Contrary to widespread perceptions, Israel's strategic situation and prospects are currently pretty good, despite all the genuine problems.

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