Problems in Peacemaking

February 12, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some of the latest writing on the realities concerning the various barriers that impede the achievement of an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution.

Clashes expected in Iran tomorrow amid latest nuclear crisis

February 10, 2010 | AIJAC staff

It is widely being predicted that tomorrow, February 11, which is the anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution, there will be widespread clashes in Iran between the regime and opposition demonstrators, with both sides reportedly mobilising their forces onto the streets of Iranian cities, especially Teheran.

Cast Lead and Goldstone/Iran’s Negotiating Strategy

February 5, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update brings you a detailed analysis of the moral performance of the Israel Defence Force during Operation Cast Lead at the beginning of last year from a significant source – Professor Asa Kasher, a distinguished Israeli philosopher and expert on ethics.

Abbas’ Negotiation Dilemmas

February 4, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some new analysis of the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations – negotiations about negotiations, one might say – continue

Inside Iran’s Opposition Movement

January 22, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some new insights into the goals and motivations of Iran’s “Green” opposition movement. The first entry comes from Iranian-American analyst Mehdi Khalaji, who writes about the experience of his own father, an ayatollah now languishing in an Iranian prison.

Palestinian-Israeli peace talks in 2010?

January 19, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update looks at the prospects for resuming and progressing Israeli-Palestinian talks – which have been in limbo since 2008 – in 2010. First up, David Makovsky from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy previews US Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell’s visit to the region next week in a bid to restart talks.

Distortion of International Law in the Arab-Israel Conflict

January 14, 2010 | AIJAC staff

This Update features some recent pieces on ways in which international law is being misused and distorted in the context of the Arab-Israel conflict, often to the detriment of the development of an international legal order.

Yemen and Al-Qaeda/ The Nature of the Islamist Terrorist Threat

January 12, 2010 | AIJAC staff

The case of underwear bomber, Nigerian-born but Yemen-trained Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and new revelations that as many as 20 other individuals are being trained in Yemen to bomb airplanes using the same technique, has strongly raised the profile of Yemen as a source of terrorism.

Israeli-Palestinian peace talks about to resume?

January 8, 2010 | AIJAC staff

Following some additional efforts by US envoy George Mitchell, and trips to Cairo by both Israeli and Palestinian representatives, there is increasing speculation in Israel and elsewhere that the Palestinian Authority may soon agree to renew peace talks.

Iran’s Green Movement: Ashura and the death of Montazeri

January 6, 2010 | AIJAC staff

The Iranian regime has had a bad few weeks internally, resorting to considerable violence to suppress dissident protests first during the annual Ashura Shiite religious festival and then again during the funeral and other mourning ceremonies for leading dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hosein Ali Montazeri.

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