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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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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.

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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

Essay: At the Core Categories: Iraq, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Martin Kramer

It is obvious that conflict involving Israel is not the longest, or the bloodiest, or the most widespread of the region's conflicts. In large part, these many conflicts are symptoms of the same malaise: The absence of a Middle Eastern order, to replace the old Islamic and European empires.

Discourse of Change Categories: Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East     Author: Nir Boms

The West should understand that the democrats in the Middle East aren't necessarily pro-West or pro-Israel. However, they are willing to ask important questions... These include asking, if Israel and the Arab world basically started in the same place, how is Israel's GDP so much higher than that of

Lessons and Learning Categories: Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As thousands followed the coffins of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, whose bodies arrived in Israel two years after the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, a sense of sobriety, introspection and catharsis descended on the Jewish state.

Preventing a nuclear-armed Iran is the issue Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

IN the nuclear crisis with Iran, the focus of the international community must be to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state, full stop. It is cavalier and dangerous to assume that we can "manage" the threats from a nuclear armed Iran by strategies such as deterrence.

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