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When Bibi Met Barack Categories: Israel, Middle East, United States     Author: Herb Keinon

When the dust settles, what will likely be remembered from Netanyahu's maiden trip to the US in his second term as prime minister is that the talks led neither to a breakdown of relations with the US, nor a breakthrough in Middle East diplomacy.

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Yes, We Can Categories: Afghanistan/ Pakistan, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Frederick W. Kagan, Max Boot & Kimberly Kagan

Fears of impending disaster are hard to sustain, however, if you actually spend some time in Afghanistan, as we did recently at the invitation of General David Petraeus, chief of US Central Command. We spent eight days travelling from the snow-capped peaks of Kunar province near the border with Paki

Symposium: Perceptions of the Middle East and the Gaza War - Australia Categories: Australasia, Iraq, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Monographs/ Submissions     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The reaction of Australia's government, media, and elite, and public opinion to Israel's December 2008-January 2009 military operations against Hamas in Gaza was mixed. At the government level, both the Labor government as well as the Liberal opposition voiced strong, consistent, and principled supp

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Asia Watch: Witness Protection Categories: Asia, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Michael Shannon

What was a small news item back in November blew-up in a big way at the height of the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. The Indonesian internet was abuzz for several weeks as Islamist-oriented websites like Hidayatullah.com, Arrahmah.com and Eramuslim.com attacked Muhammadiyah for its supposed tie

Essay: The Great Rift Categories: Iran, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, Syria     Author: Y. Carmon, Y. Yehoshua, A. Savyon and H. Migron

The Saudi-Iranian conflict, whose various aspects - geostrategic, religious, ethnic and economic - have been affecting the Middle East for the past 30 years, began with the Islamic Revolution in Iran, led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

What Israelis Know Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Barry Rubin

Most Israelis believe that the Palestinians don't want to make a comprehensive peace with Israel in exchange for a Palestinian state. Hamas doesn't want it; the Palestinian Authority (PA) is both unwilling and unable to do it. Israel faces a hostile Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah...

Editorial: Election shaped by consensus Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As the close result and large number of late-deciders demonstrated, there is a lack of clear ideological or policy distinctions between Israel's major parties. Moreover, a wide consensus has developed in Israeli politics and public opinion on the desirability of a two-state resolution to the Israel-

Teheran's Gaza Gambit Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Yoram Schweitzer

Behind the scenes in the war between Hamas and Israel, there was a party playing a key role that aspires to be the big winner in the fighting - Iran. As in the Second Lebanon War between Israel and Hezbollah, Iran is gaining precious time to promote the leading strategic goal of its policy in recent

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