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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 »

31
May
2011

The Politics Behind the Opening of the Rafah Crossing

The Rafah border crossing connecting Gaza with Egypt was officially opened on May 28, 2011, by the Egyptian authorities and the Hamas government. Read More »

30
May
2011

Rifts in the Muslim Brotherhood Amid Growing Anarchy in Egypt

The economic, social, and political situation in Egypt is getting worse. Due to the security situation, civilians are buying weapons and hiring militias to protect themselves. Confrontations between Islamists and Copts, as well as Islamists and seculars, are increasing. The ruling Military Council is not coping with the many challenges, and there are voices claiming that Egypt is on the verge of a civil war. Read More »

17
May
2011

What Other Surprises Are the Palestinians Preparing for Israel?

Israel’s deterrence was put to a severe test again with the outbreak of the First Palestinian Intifida that began in 1987. For the first time since 1948, the Palestinians took to the streets and fought Israel’s presence: The threshold of fear had been overcome. Read More »

9
May
2011

The Reconciliation Agreement between Fatah and Hamas – An Initial Evaluation

The reconciliation agreement signed by Fatah and Hamas is the old "Egyptian paper" with a protocol that added Hamas' reservations. Read More »

5
May
2011

Who Else Is Condemning the U.S. for Killing Bin Laden?

The global Muslim Brotherhood movement published an official statement on May 2, 2011, regarding the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by the United States. The statement was carefully drafted to blur the movement's identification with bin Laden and the strategy (as opposed to the tactic) of confrontation that he espoused against Christianity, the West, the democratic world, and the infidels. Read More »

1
May
2011

Bashar Assad, the Protests in Syria, and the Iranian Connection

The resignation of more than 200 members of the ruling Baath Party in the Daraa region in protest against the massive use of live ammunition and tanks against the demonstrators (a first since the establishment of the Assad regime almost five decades ago) is a major statement. Read More »

28
Apr
2011

The Fatah-Hamas Agreement: Analysis and Initial Consequences

With Egypt serving as a go-between, senior representatives of Fatah and Hamas initialed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on April 27 that puts an end to the governmental bifurcation between Ramallah and Gaza and paves the way to political partnership, reform of the PLO, and general elections. Read More »