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Asia Watch: Soft Power

Asia Watch: Soft Power Categories: Asia, Israel     Author: Michael Shannon

Israel's push to gain ground in Asia is nothing if not multifaceted and the growing trade and cultural links may yet reap political benefits over the long-term.  Much has been said already of the interest Israel's hi-tech industries are generating in Asia. Countries like Singapore and Chi

Nuclear Outsourcing to Pyongyang?

Nuclear Outsourcing to Pyongyang? Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Emily B. Landau & Alon Levkowitz

There is a strong possibility that Iran will continue to benefit from North Korea's nuclear advances, and some of Iran's nuclear activities might take place in North Korea itself, using the "hermit state" as a convenient backyard.

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Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation”

Some Arab opinion leaders re-think their approach to Israel – but others cling to “anti-normalisation” Categories: Egypt, Gulf states, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The events of the so-called "Arab Spring", the chaos that ensued and the wars raging in Syria and Iraq, have highlighted to the world some of the structural and deeply-embedded governance deficiencies in Arab countries, and the related problems of under-development. It appears that some voices withi

Did moderates win Iran's election?

Did moderates win Iran's election? Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates    

The Iranian parliamentary election last Friday is being portrayed in many news stories as a win for the "moderates." This article features some commentary that argues this is an overly-simplistic reading. It also includes a knowledgeable piece on Iran's role in financing and arrangin

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Iran's Elections and the ‘Deep State'

Iran's Elections and the ‘Deep State' Categories: Iran     Author: Muhammad Sahimi

After the fraudulent presidential elections of 2009, Iran's "deep state" - the secret and semi-secret networks of hardliners in the security, intelligence and the judicial apparatus who supposedly support the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - banned the two major political organisations of the

Media Microscope: Labor daze Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia     Author: Allon Lee

The NSW ALP's state conference in February was the latest forum to debate whether to ban party members from travelling to Israel on sponsored trips, or else require they spend equal time in Palestinian areas. Like other ALP conferences, the fixation of elements of the party on Israel generated a wa

The Forces within the Syrian Maelstrom

The Forces within the Syrian Maelstrom Categories: Iran, Middle East, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

Over the ruined landscape of northern Syria, a number of core factors which today define the strategic reality of the Middle East are colliding. Close observation of that blighted area therefore offers clues as to the current state of play more broadly in the region - who is on the way up, who on th

The Last Word: Opening Eyes Categories: Australasia, Interfaith Dialogue, Israel     Author: Jeremy Jones

When any of my discussions turned to the subject of the current tensions and prospect for a better future for Israelis and Palestinians, condemnations of the obsessive Israel-bashers in the West were passionate and consistent and often contained the same advice - let people exposed to crazed anti-Is

Essay: Antisemitism as Political Tool

Essay: Antisemitism as Political Tool Categories: Antisemitism, Asia     Author: Jon Emont

Malaysia is in political and economic crisis as it has been, now, for many months, due to a huge and still unresolved corruption scandal featuring a mysterious US$700 million that was transferred into a bank account belonging to the country's Prime Minister Najib Razak. The money arrived just before

The Origins of the BDS War

The Origins of the BDS War Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Gerald Steinberg

Judging from media reports, anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) campaigns have been getting increasing attention around the world. Academics, musicians and athletes are pressured into boycotting Israel, and those falsely accusing Israel of violating international law are speaking up

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Amos Yadlin

For Israel, the question regarding the Hamas tunnels from Gaza into Israel is not only what action to take, but also the nature of the confrontation that is sure to follow such action. The repeated rounds of fighting in the Gaza Strip forced on Israel by Hamas since 2008 have not achieved the neces

BDS on the Outer

BDS on the Outer Categories: Anti-Zionism, United States     Author: Ben Cohen

2016 may well be remembered as the year that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement targeting Israel finally died its death - in a clinical sense, at least. Across the US, state legislatures are passing bills that will outlaw state authorities from investing public funds in, and enter

Editorial: The Roots of Consensus Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been widely criticised for agreeing, in an interview prior to last year's election, with a reporter who asked him to confirm that a Palestinian state would not be created in his next term. Netanyahu's reply was immediately seized upon by critics who cla

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Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream

Iranian election shows hoped-for moderation a pipe dream Categories: Iran, Op-eds     Author: Colin Rubenstein

In elections on Feb. 26, Iran is set to choose a new Majlis, or parliament, as well as the "Assembly of Experts" - a body of religious scholars whose main job is to choose the Supreme Leader - currently 76-year-old Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. However, hopes that last July's nuclear deal - officially i

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