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Behind the News - July 2017

Behind the News - July 2017 Categories: Hamas, Iran, Israel, Palestinians    

On June 16, Israeli border policewoman Hadas Malka, 23, was fatally stabbed near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate in a co-ordinated gun and knife attack. Seconds earlier, two other assailants attacked Israeli border police troops nearby with a homemade gun and knives, injuring four people. All three attack

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran

ISIS and the Terrorism in Teheran Categories: Iran, Middle East, Terrorism     Author: Michael Segall

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated simultaneous terror attacks on Iran's parliament (Majlis) building and on the tomb of Iran's first Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, on June 7. The group issued a statement in its media arm, as well as a short video from a camera carried

Cold War over Qatar

Cold War over Qatar Categories: Gulf states, Iran, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Matthew Brodsky

In a region where inter-Arab politics is frequently described as a zero-sum game, Qatar suddenly finds itself on the outside looking in. Recent analysis has tended to over-focus on the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, but a closer look reveals that the camel has suffered from chronic il

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Video/Audio: Colin Rubenstein on Qatar/Arab States row and use of Al-Jazeera in Australian media Categories: Australasia, Gulf states, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Multimedia, Saudi Arabia, Updates    

Executive Director Dr Colin Rubenstein appeared on The Bolt Report on Sky News Australia, discussing why seven Arab countries to have cut ties with Qatar and why the ABC and SBS are wrong to use content sourced from Al-Jazeera, among other topics. This post contains two short video excerpts and aud

Another win for the system in Iran

Another win for the system in Iran Categories: Iran     Author: Eyal Zisser

The Iranian tragedy is that it is entirely uncertain whether Rouhani is even capable of ushering in the desired change. After all, Iran is not a democracy, and the elections are far from expressive of the public's true wishes. The election race was limited to establishment insiders who were vetted a

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Behind the News - May 2017

Behind the News - May 2017 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

In the wake of the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the Syrian rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the former head of chemical warfare in the 5th Division of the Syrian army, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, who in 2013 defected from the regime, has stated that the regime has large amounts of chem

After N Korea, don't forget Iran

After N Korea, don't forget Iran Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran, Op-eds     Author: Shmuel Levin

As North Korea once again comes to the fore of the world's conscious, the lesson should be clear. What matters is not short-term talk, deal, and negotiations, but whether Iran's long-term ambitions have changed. For now, this does not seem to be the case. And, if this is allowed to fester, the long

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge

Rouhani likely to survive hard-line challenge Categories: Iran     Author: Mehdi Khalaji

Although the entry of high-profile hardliners could make the race more interesting, the current President remains the favourite in Iran's May 19 election, which could also help determine the next Supreme Leader.

Nuclear Lessons

Nuclear Lessons Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Emily Landau

The Trump Administration is currently reviewing the North Korean nuclear situation, with the aim of generating a fresh approach to stop this determined proliferator. On his trip in mid March to Asia (Japan, South Korea and China), US Secretary of State Tillerson noted that twenty years of diplomatic

Editorial: Nuclear Shortsightedness Categories: Asia, Australasia, International Security, Iran     Author: Colin Rubenstein

On April 22, in the context of the Australian state visit by US Vice President Mike Pence, North Korea ominously and outrageously threatened to target Australia with a nuclear strike should it follow the US lead in isolating Pyongyang. This event should draw attention to the need for Australia to c

Iran's Korean Nuclear Backdoor

Iran's Korean Nuclear Backdoor Categories: Asia, International Security, Iran     Author: Refael Ofek & Dany Shoham

While the Vienna Nuclear Deal (VND) reached in 2015 is focused on preventing (or at least postponing) the development of nuclear weapons in Iran, its restrictions are looser with regard to related delivery systems (particularly nuclear-capable ballistic missiles) and to the transfer of nuclear techn

After ISIS falls, who will benefit?

After ISIS falls, who will benefit? Categories: Iran, Iraq, Russia, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

On the surface, the wars in Syria and Iraq are continuing at full intensity. The fight between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State in western Mosul is proving a slow, hard slog... But while the tactical contests are continuing, the general direction of events in both the war against Islamic S

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