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New developments in Europe, Israel and Persian Gulf

This Update takes readers around the world, to the UK, Israel and Iran, catching up on recent news and developments on three different news fronts: the British elections; the dissolution of the 22nd Knesset, putting Israel on the road to a third election in a year; while China is preparing to participate in joint military exercises with Iran and Russia.

China, Iran dominate Australia/Israel Be’er Sheva dialogue

Against the backdrop of blatant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal and increasing concern over China’s regional and global ambitions, the fifth annual Be’er Sheva Dialogue was held in Tel Aviv on October 30.

AIJAC guest James Kirchick on Iran, Russia and China [audio]

AIJAC guest and Brookings Institution fellow James Kirchick joined Brian Carlton on Tasmania Talks radio to discuss the behaviour of some of the world's...

Asia Watch: The other side of the coin

Faced with intractable antagonism in much of the Middle East and cooling relations with many European Union countries, Israel has found a largely pragmatic Asia presenting new opportunities and huge new markets.

Iranian Cybercrime Remains and Expands

With each passing month, new revelations have demonstrated the staggering reach of Iran’s disinformation campaigns and potent offensive cyber capabilities.

Australia Parliamentary Hack: China or Iran?

Given the particulars of this case, it is natural that China should be the country under suspicion – but  it’s a mistake to rule out all speculation about Iranian responsibility based on either capability or intent.

Behind the News – February 2019

Israel has acknowledged that it was responsible for airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria on Jan. 20 and 21. 

Freedom in the World 2017: Israel a leader in a dismal...

The US based Freedom House think-tank has released the initial findings of its annual Freedom in the World report. The report analyses the state of political and civil freedoms, as well as the state of governance frameworks, in each country around the world, based upon a "combination of on-the-ground research, consultations with local contacts, and information from news articles, nongovernmental organizations, governments, and a variety of other sources."

Asia Watch: Bearing Fruit

While the death of Shimon Peres was met with tributes from around the globe, one of his most significant legacies - Israel's burgeoning relationship with China - was brought into focus in the days following his state funeral.

An Israel-China alliance?

While next year marks 25 years of bilateral ties between the two countries, and Chinese officials were unreservedly gushing over Israeli innovations in technology and modern weaponry, the Chinese are stumbling over their ideological commitments. As a Communist country sworn to a non-aligned vision of global social justice, Beijing is concerned about being viewed as too pro-Israel at the expense of the Palestinians.

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