The Gulf and the Arab Future

January 22, 2008 | AIJAC staff

This Update features pieces on the growing power in the Arab world of the wealthy oil-rich Persian Gulf states, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, based in part on the high price of oil, but also on their entrepreneurial model of the role of the state.

The Latest Gaza Escalation/ Israeli Coalition Politics

January 18, 2008 | AIJAC staff

As readers will be aware, there has been a dramatic escalation in Israeli clashes with Palestinian terror groups around Gaza in recent days, with 130 rockets fired into Israel in 72 hours, mostly by Hamas, which had previously confined its fire to mortars.

Bush’s Broader Middle East Agenda

January 16, 2008 | AIJAC staff

While most of the coverage of US President Bush’s recent Middle East trip focused on his interest in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, this was not his only (or, some would argue, even his main) purpose in visiting 10 Middle Eastern countries over the last week.

US President Bush in Israel: the Peace Process and Iran

January 11, 2008 | AIJAC staff

As identified in the previous Update, the two issues at the top of US President George Bush’s agenda for his visit to Israel and the Middle East are the Israel-Palestinian peace process and the Iranian threat.

Previewing US President Bush’s Middle East Visit

January 8, 2008 | AIJAC staff

US President George W. Bush will begin a 9-day Middle East tour on Wednesday, starting with his first visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president. This Update focuses on the goals and potential significance of that visit.

Looking Back and Looking Forward

January 4, 2008 | AIJAC staff

As this is the first Update for 2008, we decided to both review 2007 and look at the challenges 2008 might bring in the Middle East.

Dealing with Iran after the NIE

December 21, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Iranian President Ahmadinejad is claiming that the controversial US National Intelligence Estimate earlier this month, which asserted that Iran had stopped its nuclear weaponisation efforts in 2003, was a US “declaration of surrender.” Iran is also hailing the Russian delivery of nuclear fuel for the Bushehr reactor a “great achievement”.

Issues in Renewed Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

December 19, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update is devoted to analysis of issues related to the year of negotiations planned to follow Annapolis – as the first Israeli-Palestinian meeting occurred last week, and a major conference for donors to the Palestinian Authority is on in Paris this week.

NGOs, Human Rights and the Middle East/More on Iraq’s Improving Situation

December 11, 2007

This Update features a couple of pieces highlighting the problems and biases of international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs), particularly those supposedly devoted to human rights, with respect to Middle East issues.

Sanctions and the NIE report on Iran/ Israeli settlements revisited

December 6, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update contains additional analysis of the new NIE report on Iran’s nuclear program, with a special emphasis on what to do now in terms of how the report affects efforts to push forward with sanctions, particularly at the UN.

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