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22
Nov
2011

The “Free Syrian Army” Challenges Assad

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the rebel force fighting Syria’s President Bashar Assad, has included “Raising the flag on Iwo Jima” – depicting the bravery of U.S. Marines in World War II – on its official Facebook page. This appears […] Read More »

6
Nov
2011

Tunisia: The Blossoming of a Pluralistic Society?

Nine months after the popular revolution that put an end to the authoritarian regime of Zine El Abdine Ben Ali, Tunisians voted for the first time in what appear to be free and fair elections, and the voter turnout was […] Read More »

26
Oct
2011

The Palestinian “Right of Return” Law Leaves No Room for Political Flexibility

In the long-standing debate regarding the Palestinian political strategy and the prospects of reaching a peaceful settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some argue that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will ultimately relinquish its demand for the “ right of return ” […] Read More »

17
Oct
2011

America Discovers Iran in Its Own Backyard

The revelation last week by the Obama administration of a plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington opened the eyes of many Americans that the threat of Iran is on the southern doorstep of the United States. […] Read More »

3
Oct
2011

Will the Armed Forces Retain Power in Egypt?

n September 26, 2011, the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, chose to walk the streets of Cairo without his trademark military attire. Read More »

25
Sep
2011

Iran Holds Major Air Defense Drill Amid Tensions with Turkey

On September 6-15, 2011, Iran held a four-stage major air defense drill. The exercise took place in the midst of escalating Iranian rhetoric towards Turkey as a result of Ankara’s decision to deploy a radar system in its territory that […] Read More »

21
Sep
2011

Deteriorating Relations between Iran and Turkey

In recent weeks there have been significant signs of a rapid deterioration in relations between Iran and Turkey. This centers on growing Iranian resentment of the critical position that Ankara has adopted towards continued violent oppression by Bashar al-Assad and […] Read More »

29
Aug
2011

The Islamist Factor in Post-Gaddafi Libya: Will Libya Become “Libyastan”?

The U.S. and the West’s military intervention in Libya finally succeeded in toppling Gaddafi’s 42- year reign in Libya and brought to power an amorphous body called the NTC (National Transitional Council) headed by Mostafa Abdel Jalil, headed by a […] Read More »

22
Aug
2011

Egypt and Israel Caught in an Al-Qaeda Whirlpool?

A clear strategic context explains the recent flare-up between Israel and the Palestinian extremist organizations in the Gaza Strip, which was sparked by the armed incursion into Israel, across the Egyptian border, of more than twenty Palestinian terrorists from the […] Read More »

19
Aug
2011

The Terrorist Attack on Southern Israel: Under the Authority of Hamas, Using the Tactics of A

Palestinian terrorist organization known as the “Popular Resistance Committees,” which operate as a terrorist arm of Hamas. Read More »

6
Jul
2011

Does Iran’s Latest Military Exercise Signal a New Defense Doctrine?

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is in the midst of a large-scale missile exercise called “Great Prophet 6.” During the exercise, underground missile silos were disclosed, large numbers of surface-to-surface missiles (SSMs) of different ranges were fired, and a new radar system was revealed. Read More »

3
Jul
2011

The UN Indictment of Hizbullah

June 30, 2011, a UN-backed court issued a long-awaited indictment and arrest warrants for four Lebanese Hizbullah members responsible for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Read More »

20
Jun
2011

Hizbullah’s Veneration of Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei

Iranian leader Khamenei is the model individual for the Hizbullah movement in Lebanon. He has been Hizbullah’s source of religious and political authority since succeeding Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989. Read More »

16
Jun
2011

Toward a Radical Lebanon?

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati recently succeeded in forming a new government dominated by the Hizbullah-led March 8 alliance, thus ending a deadlock that left the divided country in a power vacuum for almost five months. The thirty-member cabinet was […] Read More »

12
Jun
2011

The Tunisian Revolution Revisited

Democracy does not seem to be closer in Tunisia today than it was four months ago, since the beginning of the so-called "Jasmine Revolution." Instead it seems that Tunisia is in a stalemate, caught in moving sands, unable to stabilize and consolidate the domestic political scene. Read More »