Iraq, post-Petraeus, post-Surge

September 18, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today, we offer some pieces on the state of Iraq as the US Commander there, Gen. David Petraeus, this week handed over to his deputy and successor, Gen. Raymond Odierno, and a new book by Washington journalist Bob Woodward revealed new details about the White House and Pentagon decision-making that led to the successful “surge” change in strategy adopted under Petraeus in 2006.

Kadima Primary Preview

September 17, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today is the Kadima primary to choose a successor to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, so this Update features two major previews of the vote, which polls show seems likely to favour Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.

Remembering September 11

September 12, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features three pieces that assess the monumental effort since September 11, 2001 – principally shouldered by the United States under the stewardship of President George W. Bush – to eliminate the Islamist terror threat.

The one-state “solution”

September 10, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update focuses on the so-called “one-state solution” to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. The policy would see Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip become a single state rather than Israeli and Palestinian states living side-by-side.

The Anbar Handover in Iraq

September 4, 2008 | AIJAC staff

On Monday, a major milestone occurred in Iraq. Anbar province, once the heartland of the insurgency, was handed back to Iraqi security control, the 11th province which has been turned over to Iraqi security forces.

Iranian Politics and Iranian Foreign Policy

September 3, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update includes three pieces on the internal politics of Iran, with discussion also of how this might affect Iran’s foreign policy, especially concerning the illegal nuclear weapons program.

The “Free Gaza” Boat Stunt

August 26, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Readers will probably have heard about the two boats, carrying pro-Palestinian activists and supplies in a stunt designed to protest Israel’s blockade of non-essential supplies to Gaza, that were allowed by Israeli authorities to reach Gaza from Cyprus yesterday.

Al-Qaeda Today/ Syria’s Nuclear Secrets

August 21, 2008 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features two new pieces detailing expert debates about the current status and capabilities of al-Qaeda.

First up, Peter Bergen discusses the controversy between analysts who argue that the organisation has become largely localised and leaderless and those who argue that the central organisation in northern Pakistan is getting stronger.

The Georgia Crisis and the Middle East

August 20, 2008 | AIJAC staff

The Georgia crisis goes on, with Russia apparently dragging its feet on the promised withdrawals of forces. There has been much comment on how the crisis in Georgia and the growing Russian willingness to challenge the West, will affect the Middle East.

Gaza Update

August 14, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains additional information and analysis of the situation in Gaza, in the wake of the Hamas-Fatah face-off there two weeks ago.

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