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The Syrian situation and policy alternatives Categories: Syria, Updates    

This Update contains some recent information on the ongoing, bloody Syrian civil war. It also contains some analysis suggesting Western policy, led by the US, is not working - with some proposed alternatives provided by knowledgeable sources.

Behind the News - August 2016

Behind the News - August 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Syria    

Meanwhile, on July 17 the Izz a-Din Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing, announced that it had opened its annual summer camps which incorporate military training, and that this year's theme is "soldiers of Jerusalem". More than 30,000 Gaza youths are expected to attend the camps, which, the Brigad

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Bibi's travels

Bibi's travels Categories: Africa, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates    

Today's Update looks at Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's historic trip to Africa, which is about to conclude. Whilst there, he visited, and met with the leaders of, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda. His first stop was Uganda, where he commemorated the famous 1976 Israeli rescue of the h

Russia's Retreat?

Russia's Retreat? Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

He did it again. After having caught the world off guard last fall by diving head-on into the Syrian civil war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has now stunned everyone, even his Syrian clients, by announcing a springtime retreat. The Kremlin's statement, made as the five-year-old war's protagonis

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Russia pulling out of Syria?

Russia pulling out of Syria? Categories: Russia, Syria, Updates    

Russian President Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia is pulling out the “main part” of Russia'’s expeditionary force in Syria - but are keeping a key airbase and naval base. This Update is about the significance of the announced withdrawal, especially for Syria, and what was li

The Forces within the Syrian Maelstrom

The Forces within the Syrian Maelstrom Categories: Iran, Middle East, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Over the ruined landscape of northern Syria, a number of core factors which today define the strategic reality of the Middle East are colliding. Close observation of that blighted area therefore offers clues as to the current state of play more broadly in the region - who is on the way up, who on th

Madaya and an empowered Iran

Madaya and an empowered Iran Categories: Iran, Syria     Author: Avi Issacharoff

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Saturday, Jan. 16, that "it's now time for all - especially Muslim nations - to join hands and rid the world of violent extremism. Iran is ready."  That assertion coincided with the latest report that another resident of Madaya, the Syria

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies

Stepped-up Islamic State terror campaign demands new strategies Categories: America, International Security, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Op-eds, Syria, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The recent attacks are a reminder that terrorism can never be stopped through purely defensive means. It is therefore encouraging that Obama renewed his vow to destroy IS in his address. Unfortunately, however, there was little indication from Obama's address that the US is prepared to meaningfully

A Grave Moment in the Middle East

A Grave Moment in the Middle East Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Russia, Syria     Author: Ehud Yaari

The context of the recent violence in Israel is that there has been a frightening loss of control by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its security organs over the refugee camps of the West Bank. In the refugee camps, new gangs have emerged who do not feel any respect towards Mahmoud Abbas and his

The Russians are Coming

The Russians are Coming Categories: Israel, Russia, Syria     Author: Nadav Pollak

On Sept. 21, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, a meeting that focused on staying out of each other's way in Syria. According to statements by both leaders, it seems the meeting went well. Netanyahu emphasised Israel's main concerns in Syria, namely

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