Confronting terrorism after the Afghanistan withdrawal
September 4, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update collects some policy recommendations to deal with the likelihood of a surge of Islamist terrorism coming out of Afghanistan, in the wake of the country’s reconquest by the Taliban following the US withdrawal.
Pakistan and the Taliban
August 28, 2021 | AIJAC staff
In the wake of the ongoing violence and chaos in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover there, this Update focuses on the role of Pakistan, and especially Pakistan’s powerful security forces, as the major patron of the Taliban, and what policy options there are to deal with this reality.
The Afghan debacle: the view from Israel
August 21, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the aftermath of the sudden reconquest of Afghanistan by the Taliban last weekend, in the wake of a withdrawal from the country by the US and its allies and the collapse of the Afghan army.
How to respond to the growing Iranian provocations at sea
August 14, 2021 | AIJAC staff
The attack on the M/T Mercer Street in the Gulf of Oman on July 29 and 30 by a series of drones shown to have originated in Iran, as well as a subsequent attempt to seize another ship nearby, the Asphalt Princess, by naval commandos, has ignited debate about the growing number of Iranian attacks at sea and what to do about them.
Dealing with Iran under Raisi
August 7, 2021 | AIJAC staff
Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, known as the “butcher of Teheran” for his role in the mass execution of dissidents in 1988, was inaugurated as Iran’s new President on Thursday, following an election in June which appeared rigged to guarantee his selection. This Update looks at the policy implications of Raisi’s ascension for Western nations dealing with Iran.
Lebanon’s Plight/ Continued Iranian unrest
July 31, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the situation of effective state collapse in Lebanon, how the world should react, and the implications for Israel. Also, following up on last week’s Update on the unrest in Iran, it contains a report on the latest developments in those still expanding anti-regime demonstrations and the regime’s efforts to repress them.
Iranian unrest/ Syria’s narco-dictatorship
July 24, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update looks at the growing unrest in Iran over recent weeks, sparked mainly by electricity and water shortages, and the wider international implications. It also features a fascinating piece on the increasing reliance of the dictatorial Assad regime in Syria on narcotics production and trafficking to keep itself afloat.
Biden Administration JCPOA hopes fading?
July 17, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update is devoted to analysis of reports that the US Biden Administration may be coming to the conclusion that its declared policy of restoring the 2015 JCPOA (“Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action”) nuclear deal with Iran, and then negotiating a “longer and stronger” agreement, may not be achievable – and the reasons why.
Lebanon’s crisis, Hezbollah and Iran
July 10, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update is devoted to the severe economic and political crisis in Lebanon, and how this is affecting Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy which effectively controls most of the country, as well as Iran’s larger regional plans.
West Bank unrest after dissident killed
July 3, 2021 | AIJAC staff
This Update deals with the unrest that has erupted across the West Bank following the June 24 death of prominent Palestinian dissident Nasir Banat after he was arrested and reportedly beaten by Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces.