Petraeus Reports on Iraq

September 12, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The long-awaited reports on the state of the Iraq troop “surge” strategy were made in Washington yesterday by the US Commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, plus the US Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, who dealt with military and political progress respectively.

Bin Laden’s Latest Statement/ Six years

September 11, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Six years after the infamous Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden has released a new video statement to the American people. This Update parses what he had to say, and looks more generally at the issue of Islamist terrorism six years on.

More Analysis of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Prospects/ Alleged Israeli overflight of Syria

September 7, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update features a couple of more pieces on the overall proposals and prospects of Middle East diplomacy in the lead-up to the Middle East summit scheduled for November.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq – and their Sunni tribal opponents

September 6, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Excellent reporting and analysis about the changing situation in Iraq continues to appear, and some more of it is featured in this Update.

Is it too late to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons?

September 4, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Iran is claiming that it has met its target of 3000 centrifuges, which is enough, if working properly, to enrich uranium for one bomb per year. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency disputes this claim.

Hezbollah and Lebanon Updates

August 31, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update features three pieces on the state of Hezbollah efforts within Lebanon to prepare militarily for another round of conflict with Israel, and politically, to gain control of the Lebanese government.

The Limits of Diplomacy in the Middle East

August 30, 2007 | AIJAC staff

Today’s Update features two counter-arguments to oft-heard claims that the keys to remedying Middle East problems are negotiations and engagement embracing all parties, especially radical actors like Hamas and the Iranian government.

Preparing for a Mideast Summit/ Palestinian Internal Struggles

August 29, 2007 | AIJAC staff

This Update leads off with Kenneth Stein, distinguished American academic historian of American Middle East policy, looking at the history of past Middle East summits over 70 years to draw conclusions for the summit planned for November.

“Exit Strategies” for Iraq

August 24, 2007 | AIJAC staff

The heart of this Update is a long analysis by Max Boot, a security expert at the venerable US Council on Foreign Relations, looking at the various options being canvassed in debates about Iraq at the moment.

Pressuring Iran: The Iranian Revolutionary Guard

August 21, 2007 | AIJAC staff

As readers may be aware, it was reported last week that the US government was considering listing the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as a designated terrorist organisation, which will lead to legal targeting of the organisation’s members, and likely curtail the Revolutionary Guards’ extensive economic activities.

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