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Israel’s gas deal at risk?

Israel’s gas deal at risk? Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel's gas finds in the East Mediterranean could set the stage for the Jewish State to become a regional energy powerhouse, creating new strategic and economic opportunities. However, following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling, that potential appears at risk.

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In late February the US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement warning that the Mosul Dam is at a ‘a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning.' The Embassy confirmed that such an event would represent an unprecedented humanitarian and strategic crisis for Ira

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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

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Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

Did moderates win Iran's election?

Did moderates win Iran's election? Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates    

The Iranian parliamentary election last Friday is being portrayed in many news stories as a win for the "moderates." This article features some commentary that argues this is an overly-simplistic reading. It also includes a knowledgeable piece on Iran's role in financing and arrangin

Israel struggles to land the Leviathan

Israel struggles to land the Leviathan Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Five years ago a massive offshore reserve of natural gas - appropriately named Leviathan - was discovered approximately 170 km. off the Israeli coast, approximately 4.5 km. underwater. Since then, attempts to tap into the gas field have stalled, as new challenges emerged at each step of the way.

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