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Birth of an Islamist State?

Birth of an Islamist State? Categories: Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Syria     Author: Jonathan Spyer

In a stunning and deeply significant development, the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) organisation captured the Iraqi city of Mosul in the second week of June. They then moved on to take Tikrit unopposed and according to reports, were headed toward the capital, Baghdad. Five

Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal

Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Palestinian leadership will never agree to a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines and an end to the conflict with Israel unless all of its demands are met, but that does not mean Israel should not take the initiative towards a two-state outcome. That was a core message of renowned Israeli journal

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The Syrian Conundrum

The Syrian Conundrum Categories: International Security, Syria, Updates    

In the wake of the complete failure of the Geneva 2 talks in late February to make any progress toward an agreement that would end the Syrian civil war, journalists, columnists and academic experts have been exploring what foreign policy options now exist to try and change that ugly

Syria chemical weapons deal in difficulties

Syria chemical weapons deal in difficulties Categories: Syria, Updates    

This Update is focussed on growing signs the Russia-brokered deal signed between Syria and the West last September may be faltering - after the Geneva conference on Syria last week failed to achieve any substantive progress. It also includes other material on the Syrian foreign policy pr

Iran and the State of the Union

Iran and the State of the Union Categories: America, Iran, Syria, Updates    

Today’s Update looks at some initial reactions to US President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, which he delivered before Congress earlier today. (The full text of the President’s remarks can be found here.) Of particular interest to our readers would be two

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Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one

Want peace in Syria? Work on reconciliation from day one Categories: Op-eds, Syria     Author: Or Avi-Guy

When outsiders survey the devastation in Syria, reconciliation is probably the last thing that comes to mind. Millions of refugees and internally displaced people are desperate for humanitarian aid. Millions more are caught in the lines of sectarian fire. Who has time to think about such fluffy &l

The UN effectively gives up on Syria

The UN effectively gives up on Syria Categories: Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

Ever get the feeling that, after years of paralysis and stalemate, the international community have given up on resolving the crisis in Syria? The UN General Assembly (UNGA) 68th session has just wrapped up while UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has announced that a Peace Conference for Syria will t

Whispered Compassion

Whispered Compassion Categories: Israel, Jordan, Syria     Author: Debra Kamin

Sultana is 23 years old and very hungry. She grew up in the suburbs east of Damascus, but when her house was firebombed by an airplane belonging to the Syrian regime, she fled the city in the night along with her husband and their five children. Together, the group trekked south toward safety acros

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis

The Yom Kippur War in Australian editorials and analysis Categories: America, Australasia, Egypt, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Palestinians, Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

In June, AIJAC took a look back at the coverage of the Six Day War of 1967 in two major Australian newspapers, the Age of Melbourne and the Sydney Morning Herald. Now, in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, we open the archives once again to look at the coverage of that war

The Yom Kippur War - 40 years on

The Yom Kippur War - 40 years on Categories: Egypt, Israel, Syria, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

On October 6, 1973, as Israelis observed Yom Kippur - the holiest day in the Jewish calendar - the Egyptian and Syrian armies launched simultaneous surprise offensives against Israel across the ceasefire lines from the 1967 war. Four decades later, the consequences and lessons of the 19-day war are

The UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons

The UN Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Categories: Syria, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

On 27 September the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2118 that demands the eradication of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014.  While the Resolution is a welcome development because it has high potential to significantly reduce Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons, it is imp

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Israel anticipates some bad chemistry

Israel anticipates some bad chemistry Categories: Israel, Syria     Author: Amotz Asa-El

As the plot surrounding Syria's chemical weapons continued to thicken, Israelis of all walks crowded the narrow alleys leading to Jerusalem's Wailing Wall, where thousands were humming the season's ancient penitentiary prayers known as Selichot ("apologies"). News of the Russian-sponsored deal that

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