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Biblio File: The Perils of Nation-building

Biblio File: The Perils of Nation-building Categories: America, Middle East     Author: Douglas J. Feith

Mr. Mandelbaum rightly notes that US attempts to foster democracy and free markets abroad were an important part of American foreign policy after the Cold War. And such attempts, time and again, fell short of their ambitious goals. He spurs readers to ask why societies are so hard to transform and w

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Scribblings: Disagreement over an old agreement

Scribblings: Disagreement over an old agreement Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Much ink is being spilled at the moment to mark the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot agreement - the British-French deal, reached in the midst of the First World War, to, at war's end, divide up the Middle East possessions of the fading Ottoman Empire. The intense interest in the agreement is p

Head to Head

Head to Head Categories: Australasia, Immigration/ Multiculturalism, Israel, Middle East    

In keeping with a long-standing pre-election tradition at the AIR, we sent a series of policy questions to the campaigns of both Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, leading the Liberal/National coalition, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, leading the Australian Labor Party. The questions focus on iss

Noted and Quoted - May 2016 Categories: Australasia, Israel, Media/ Academia, Middle East    

The Age editorialised (March 28), following Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to Australia in mid-March, that Australia and Iran "do not, and will not in the near future, see eye to eye on matters of human rights." The paper attacked Zarif's "hypocrisy about human rights" calling it "bre

Al Jazeera reaps what it sows

Al Jazeera reaps what it sows Categories: Gulf states, Media/ Academia, Middle East     Author: Eyal Zisser

Al Jazeera is in trouble. After two decades in which it enjoyed unconstrained rule over the Arab media and presented a threat to plenty of Arab regimes - mostly the moderate, pro-Western ones - the Qatari television channel finds itself in difficulties. 

Editorial: The Isolation Myth Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, China, Europe, Israel, Middle East     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigners and their supporters like to claim that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated internationally. Israel's supporters also sometimes express concern that the relentless campaign of misinformation and false blame may be having a detrimental effect o

Israel’s gas deal at risk?

Israel’s gas deal at risk? Categories: Israel, Middle East, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Israel's gas finds in the East Mediterranean could set the stage for the Jewish State to become a regional energy powerhouse, creating new strategic and economic opportunities. However, following an Israeli Supreme Court ruling, that potential appears at risk.

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The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis

The Mosul Dam: Iraq’s forgotten crisis Categories: Iraq, Middle East, Updates     Author: Glen Falkenstein

In late February the US Embassy in Baghdad released a statement warning that the Mosul Dam is at a ‘a serious and unprecedented risk of catastrophic failure with little warning.' The Embassy confirmed that such an event would represent an unprecedented humanitarian and strategic crisis for Ira

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