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Syria's Civil War after PM's Defection

Syria's Civil War after PM's Defection Categories: Syria, Updates    

The defection of Syria's Prime Minister, Riad Hijab, to Jordan and the rebel side earlier this week - the latest in a string of high profile defections from the regime - has raised speculation that the bloody civil war there has turned a corner. This Update focuses on analysis of w

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory

The Aftermath of a Rebel Victory Categories: Syria     Author: Barry Rubin

The tide seems to be turning in Syria. While the civil war is far from over, the regime is clearly weakening; the rebels are expanding their operations and effectiveness. There have also been more high-level defections. Even though the fighting may go on for months, it is time to start assessing wh

If Assad falls...

If Assad falls... Categories: Iran, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria     Author: Michael Totten

Short of regime change in Teheran, the overthrow of Assad is the worst thing that can happen to the Iranian government and to Hezbollah. Iran will lose its only ally in the Arab world, and Hezbollah will lose one of only two patrons and its entire overground logistics network. Scud missiles and othe

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Libya, Post-Election/ Tide Turning in Syria?

Libya, Post-Election/ Tide Turning in Syria? Categories: Libya, Syria, Updates    

This Update focuses primarily on the aftermath of the election in Libya earlier this month, but also looks at the apparent turn of battle in Syria, with rebel forces now engaging in extended battles with the regime in Damascus and a suicide bombing overnight killing several key r

Iran sanctions/ Strife in the Syrian opposition

Iran sanctions/ Strife in the Syrian opposition Categories: Iran, Syria, Updates    

On Wednesday, there was a "technical" meeting connected with the P5+1/Iran nuclear talks - the upshot of which seems to be that it looks likely high level talks will resume. Meanwhile, Iran has responded to the imposition of new European sanctions by threatening to block the Stra

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace

Declassified documents from '67 show Israel's willingness to trade land for peace Categories: Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Did Israel's government covet the land it captured as part of the defensive war of June 1967, which ended with Israeli forces in control of the Sinai Peninsula, Golan Heights, West Bank and Gaza? For the most part, not at all, according to 200 pages of newly declassified transcripts from cabinet an

Russian President to visit Israel in June

Russian President to visit Israel in June Categories: Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Despite Israel and Russia holding strongly divergent views on key Middle East issues - the violence in Syria, Iran's nuclear program and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - Israel and Russia have against the odds managed to retain good relations since the end of the Cold War. Russian President Vladi

Israeli leaders on Syria, revisited

Israeli leaders on Syria, revisited Categories: Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In a follow-up to last week's blog post concerning the myth of Israeli backing for Assad, Israeli president Shimon Peres has become Israel's highest level official to openly back the Syrian rebels against the forces of Bashar Assad.

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