New Security Council Sanctions on Iran Proposed

May 26, 2010

Today’s Update analyses the proposed upgraded Security Council sanctions on Iran, addressing the latter’s illegal nuclear program. We open with an analysis of the proposed sanctions by three writers from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Iran’s latest nuclear “deal” with Turkey and Brazil

May 18, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Readers will have heard in the media about Iran’s nuclear “deal” with Turkey and Brazil, which apparently meets some of the goals of a deal Iran backed out of last October which would have removed Iran’s low-enriched uranium from the country in exchange for nuclear fuel.

Islamist Terrorism and Pakistan

May 14, 2010 | AIJAC staff

In the wake of the failed May 1 Times Square bombing in New York and the subsequent arrest of Faisal Shahzad as the alleged bomber, much is being written about the lessons of the attempted attack, especially after the US government blamed the Pakistani Taliban for the attack, and an alleged collaborator was arrested in Pakistan.

Proximity Talks Begin

May 12, 2010 | AIJAC staff

As readers are probably aware, and as expected for a number of weeks, it was announced on Monday that US-mediated Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks are now beginning. While it is not clear yet how significant the actual difference is between the previous situation – where US envoy George Mitchell shuttled between the two sides to talk about talks – and the new situation – where Mitchell will shuttle between the two sides to discuss more substantive proposals hopefully leading to direct talks – this Update looks at the background and prospects of the new, long-awaited reality.

Iran ups the stakes at UN

May 7, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update looks at the shameless spectacle of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s address to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations this week, which saw the delegations from the US, Britain, France, Australia, New Zealand and others walk out.

Signs of change in US Middle East policy?

April 29, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update looks at the contours of American foreign policy in the wake of recent speeches and articles by senior US Middle East experts not especially noted for their pro-Israel views recommending a reappraisal of the global significance of, and best approach to, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Is Washington’s Iran policy “confused”

April 23, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Much debate has been sparked by the revelation in the New York Times last weekend that US Defence Secretary Robert Gates had written a secret memo stating that, in the paper’s words, the US lacks “an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability.”

Peace Process Illusions and Myths

April 20, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features some articles clarifying illusions and myths which feature prominently in what is probably the most common approach to the Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”, especially in terms of US and foreign efforts to advance it.

Iran and the Nuclear Security Summit

April 16, 2010 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, US President Obama earlier this week hosted a 47-nation summit on the subject of potential nuclear terrorism, designed to create additional safeguards against that threat. This Update is devoted to analysis looking at how the achievements of the Summit relate to the ongoing efforts to halt Iran’s illegal nuclear program.

An Imposed Israeli-Palestinian Solution?

April 13, 2010 | AIJAC staff

As noted in the last Update, reports from Washington suggest the US Administration is considering the idea of putting forward its own Israeli-Palestinian peace plan which it would then attempt to impose on the parties.

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