Israel and the Middle East Unrest/Bernard Lewis

March 3, 2011

This Update features an interpretation of the Middle East unrest by probably the world’s greatest scholar of Middle East history – 94-year-old Prof. Bernard Lewis. But first it also features some important new commentary on the ways in which an excessive focus on Israel has distorted both understanding of the Mideast region, and more importantly, policy toward the Arab dictators.

Libya unrest continues

February 25, 2011

The unrest and violence in Libya continue, with allegations of thousands killed, terrible stories coming from refugees, and dictator Muammar Gaddafi apparently consolidating his hold over the capital Tripoli even as rebels gain control of more and more other towns. This Update is devoted to provide the background, details and analysis to help understand both what is happening in Libya and what is at stake.

Mideast unrest spreads – Libya, Iran, Bahrain and beyond

February 21, 2011

The Middle East unrest that started in Tunisia and then forced Mubarak out in Egypt continues to spread – Libya is the latest hotspot, while serious unrest continues to afflict Iran and Bahrain, as well as other states including Yemen, Algeria, Morocco

The Path to Egyptian Democracy

February 17, 2011

With the military now in charge in Egypt and promising to submit a revised constitution to a referendum in two months, and then proceed to a general election, the obvious question is; will this lead to something resembling genuine democracy in Egypt?

Beyond Egypt – The Changing Middle East

February 11, 2011

This Update moves beyond a focus on the immediate drama continuing in Egypt to look at the changing realities across the Middle East. First up, the alway insightful Robert Satloff – head of the Washington Insitute for Near East Policy – offers a set of new ideas for US policy

Some Significant Perspectives on Egypt

February 10, 2011 | AIJAC staff

With the Egyptian situation still both volatile and apparently stale-mated – after a decline in protest numbers, they now appear to be back up again – much continues to be written about what could happen, Western policy and the roots of the current situation.

Egypt and the Islamists

February 4, 2011 | AIJAC staff

With the crisis in Egypt apparently getting more violent and chaotic, this Update contains a number of pieces dealing with what most observers agree is the most worrying possible outcome of the Egyptian crisis, the possible takeover of Egypt by Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood.

Whither Egypt?

February 3, 2011 | AIJAC staff

With the extensive coverage of the mass unrest in Egypt, and President Mubarak having announced (with a bit of a nudge from Washington) that he will neither be contesting the election in September nor leaving the country, this Update will focus on informed speculation about what might happen next in Egypt.

Egypt in Turmoil/ Hezbollah gets its way

January 28, 2011 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update deals with the fallout from the extraordinary three days of protest in Egypt, following the example of Tunisia. It also has some analysis of Hezbollah’s apparent success in getting its preferred candidate, businessman Najib Mikati, in position to become Lebanon’s next PM.

The Palestinian Document Release

January 25, 2011 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update focuses on the collection of alleged Palestinian documents being released by al-Jazeera and the Guardian which is currently in the news. While most of this Update will feature analysis of the significance of the revelations in the documents, it if first worthwhile pointing to some aspects of what the documents actually reportedly reveal which appear to being reported incorrectly, or incompletely

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