Iran – On the Nuclear Threshold?
October 22, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update features comment on the increasing warnings being issued that Iran today looks dangerously close to being a nuclear threshold state, with the capability to build nuclear weapons whenever it decides to do so – what this means, and what can be done about it.
Mideast Drone Wars
October 15, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update is devoted to analysis of the escalating unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or “drone”) threat across the Middle East, emanating primarily from Iran and its proxies, and how regional nations are responding.
The Raisi Government and Iran’s internal crises
October 2, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update reviews the new Iranian cabinet of President Ebrahim Raisi, dominated by ultra-hardliners and full of individuals under international sanctions, and the severe and growing Iranian domestic problems this cabinet will ostensibly be charged with addressing, even as the world attempts to confront Iran’s dash to nuclear weapons capabilities and destabilising regional activities.
Selected analysis from the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks
September 17, 2021 | AIJAC staff
The twentieth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon last Saturday saw the publication of vast numbers of commentaries, analyses, retrospectives and thought-pieces.
Confronting terrorism after the Afghanistan withdrawal
September 4, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update collects some policy recommendations to deal with the likelihood of a surge of Islamist terrorism coming out of Afghanistan, in the wake of the country’s reconquest by the Taliban following the US withdrawal.
Pakistan and the Taliban
August 28, 2021 | AIJAC staff
In the wake of the ongoing violence and chaos in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover there, this Update focuses on the role of Pakistan, and especially Pakistan’s powerful security forces, as the major patron of the Taliban, and what policy options there are to deal with this reality.
The Afghan debacle: the view from Israel
August 21, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the aftermath of the sudden reconquest of Afghanistan by the Taliban last weekend, in the wake of a withdrawal from the country by the US and its allies and the collapse of the Afghan army.
How to respond to the growing Iranian provocations at sea
August 14, 2021 | AIJAC staff
The attack on the M/T Mercer Street in the Gulf of Oman on July 29 and 30 by a series of drones shown to have originated in Iran, as well as a subsequent attempt to seize another ship nearby, the Asphalt Princess, by naval commandos, has ignited debate about the growing number of Iranian attacks at sea and what to do about them.
Dealing with Iran under Raisi
August 7, 2021 | AIJAC staff
Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, known as the “butcher of Teheran” for his role in the mass execution of dissidents in 1988, was inaugurated as Iran’s new President on Thursday, following an election in June which appeared rigged to guarantee his selection. This Update looks at the policy implications of Raisi’s ascension for Western nations dealing with Iran.
Lebanon’s Plight/ Continued Iranian unrest
July 31, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the situation of effective state collapse in Lebanon, how the world should react, and the implications for Israel. Also, following up on last week’s Update on the unrest in Iran, it contains a report on the latest developments in those still expanding anti-regime demonstrations and the regime’s efforts to repress them.