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Noted and Quoted - September 2015 Categories: Australasia, Media/ Academia    

Voices arguing for and against the ALP National Conference passing a resolution calling for Australia to unilaterally recognise a Palestinian state - as urged by some in the party - enjoyed a good run in the media. On July 18, a pointer in the Age newspaper directed readers to its website where Lab

What ISIS might do next

What ISIS might do next Categories: Egypt, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Syria     Author: Yaakov Amidror

Over the past several months, ISIS, the militant jihadist Islamic State, has made significant gains. It controls a huge expanse stretching in Iraq from Ramadi west of Baghdad across the Syrian border to the archeologically rich Tadmur (Palmyra). And, at the same time, it has been consolidating its h

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Biblio File: To Medina and Back

Biblio File: To Medina and Back Categories: Islamic Extremism     Author: Michael Totten

In April of last year, Brandeis University offered Ayaan Hirsi Ali an honorary degree for her tireless campaigning for women's rights in the Muslim world. But little more than a week after announcing that she would be honoured at the University's commencement ceremonies, Brandeis rescinded its offer

Asia Watch: Enemies real and imagined Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Indonesia's historic reputation for religious tolerance took a beating for several years as an unholy coalition of Islamist politicians and self-styled enforcers like the Islamic Defenders Front harassed and sometimes violently attacked minorities, including Christians and Shi'ites, Sufi and Ahmadiy

How to Get a Better Deal With Iran

How to Get a Better Deal With Iran Categories: International Security, Iran, United States     Author: Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is a ticking time bomb. Its key provisions sunset too quickly, and it grants Iran too much leverage to engage in nuclear blackmail. To defuse it, the US Congress needs to do what it has done dozens of times in the past including during the Cold War in requiring changes to key U

Cameron's watershed speech

Cameron's watershed speech Categories: Islamic Extremism, United Kingdom     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On July 20, UK Prime Minister David Cameron made a major policy speech on countering extremism, which is likely to have a "tremendous impact" and inspire other countries, according to Professor Alan Johnson, an expert in de-radicalisation who was recently in Australia as a guest of the Executive Cou

Scribblings: CW Nightmare - leading to a nuclear one?

Scribblings: CW Nightmare - leading to a nuclear one? Categories: Iran, Syria     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

A new potential nightmare has apparently just opened up for the world, and hardly anyone seems to have noticed. According to credible media reports, US intelligence believes ISIS, the world's most dangerous terror organisation, began using chemical weapons against opposing Kurdish forces in early Au

The Last Word: The beginning of a new era?

The Last Word: The beginning of a new era? Categories: Asia, Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue     Author: Jeremy Jones

There is a wonderful Indonesian celebration known as Hallal bi Hallal. Shortly after the end of Ramadan, Indonesian Muslims, and their guests, gather to strengthen interpersonal bonds and make peace with each other, just as during Ramadan they had been concentrating on their relationship to, an

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand

Essay: The Zeal of New Zealand Categories: Australasia, Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Miriam Smallman

In October 2014, after a campaign of nearly 10 years, New Zealand won its fourth two-year term on the esteemed UN Security Council. Prime Minister John Key pledged that New Zealand would be a "small country with a loud voice." Indeed, it put forth an ambitious agenda, one that included working with

Israel and Egypt in the age of al-Sisi

Israel and Egypt in the age of al-Sisi Categories: Egypt, Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Four years after pan-Arab upheaval shook its political foundations, Egypt is treading new economic, political, and diplomatic paths while increasingly harmonising with the Jewish state next door. The 2011 fall of Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year autocracy was followed by three successors within less t

Will Khamenei even approve the nuclear deal?

Will Khamenei even approve the nuclear deal? Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

In a televised speech delivered August 17, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei commented on the P5+1 nuclear agreement in sceptical terms, noting that the decision about whether to approve the deal is still unclear in both Washington and Teheran. As he has done since July, the Supreme Leader also pointedly avoid

Syria's Five Conflicts

Syria's Five Conflicts Categories: Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

As the civil war over the ruins of Syria grinds on into its fifth year, the fighting seems nowhere near an end. Indeed, there is no longer a single war taking place in the country. Rather, as Syria physically divides into separate entities, so the conflict, too, further subdivides, spawning new conf

A Done Deal?

A Done Deal? Categories: Iran, United States     Author: Robert Satloff

A resolution to disapprove the Iran agreement may have substantial political reverberations but limited practical impact. It would not override President Obama's authority to enter into the agreement. Nor would it restrict his authority to participate in most aspects of enforcing the agreement. Inde

Editorial: The Dilemma of Terrorism Within Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israelis and friends of Israel alike have, appropriately, come together in expressing profound shame and disgust over the firebombing of two Palestinian homes in the West Bank village of Duma late last month, which claimed the life of a toddler and his father. This came on top of a stabbing attack a

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