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Is Russia About To Invade Ukraine?

Is Russia About To Invade Ukraine?

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Houthi Rebels Launch Missile Attack On Saudi Oil Terminal

Houthi Rebels Launch Missile Attack On Saudi Oil Terminal

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Geopolitics / Middle East

Spies, Lies and Goodbyes – Part 1

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:36 | Claude Salhani

The killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was until recently widely believed to have been perpetrated by the Syrians, or at least on their behalf.  It was the…

Iraqi Province Cracks Down on Clerics

Jul 30, 2010 at 08:49 | ISN Security Watch

Clerics in Diyala have been warned they can go to jail for delivering sermons that incite violence, a move aimed at calming the troubled Iraqi province – although some fear…

The Strategic Ramifications of a US-Led Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Jul 22, 2010 at 03:34 | Gregory R. Copley

The United States and the NATO allies are preparing to disengage and soon withdraw from Afghanistan and even the most vocal advocates of the "long-term commitment" do not anticipate more…

The Prospect of an Israeli Military Strike Against Iran

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:03 | Gregory R. Copley

Western media “analysts” and Western military pundits have, for the past two years, been forecasting the imminent military strike by Israel — sometimes by Israel in company with the US…

Corruption in Afghanistan Expanding at an Alarming Rate

Jul 20, 2010 at 03:20 | ISN Security Watch

A recent survey by Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) shows a sharp expansion in corruption in Afghan society. Most Afghans now see the payment of bribes as a routine part of…

Beware the Ides of July, August

Jul 13, 2010 at 12:18 | Claude Salhani

With summer here we are entering a precarious time in the Middle East, a time that deserves particular attention. This is a perilous moment for the region when the fuse…

Irregular Warfare Causing the Coalition to Rethink its Entire Approach in Afghanistan

Jul 13, 2010 at 12:09 | Open Democracy

The ability of Iran’s military to learn from experience and become adept in irregular warfare echoes that of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. It also presents the United States with…

Impact of Iran Sanctions Legislation: An Energy Perspective

Jul 09, 2010 at 03:57 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

Q:  Two weeks ago, the US House and Senate both overwhelmingly approved legislation (HR 2194) authorizing the president to sanction businesses that supply Iran with refined petroleum products or help…

Riots Break out in Iraq Over Energy Shortages

Jun 30, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

The interim Iraqi government is reeling from riots and demonstrations that have erupted across the country to protest severe electricity shortages. Anger has been growing for weeks over the continued…

Syrian Intelligence Involvement in the "Gaza Flotilla" Incident

Jun 28, 2010 at 06:23 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources in Croatia confirmed on June 14, 2010, that a key Syrian intelligence officer had been onboard the Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, during its attempt…

Iranian Leaders Clampdown on Social Media

Jun 21, 2010 at 23:45 | ISN Security Watch

One year ago, Iran's 'Twitter revolution' made headlines in the western media. Yet in Iran itself, no Twitter revolution was taking place at all. As several opposition members and bloggers…

War in the Middle East: Will Iran’s Nuclear Program Lead to Conflict with Israel

Jun 14, 2010 at 08:37 | ISN Security Watch

Iran is at the centre of a global storm: targeted by new sanctions, suspected by Washington, defended by Brazil and Turkey. But the complex diplomacy around its nuclear programme could…

Al-Qaeda Thriving in Iraq Using Mafia Tactics

Jun 10, 2010 at 08:32 | ISN Security Watch

The street emptied at the sound of gunfire, the men scattering in separate directions. A corpse was left behind, the lone victim of the shooting. After a few hours, someone…

Israel's Interception of the Turkish Flotilla

Jun 08, 2010 at 09:14 | Strategic Studies

A View From Jerusalem on the Intelligence Failure by Israel, and the Failure of the International Community to Look at the Sponsors of the “Flotilla” Early in the morning of…

Tensions Between Israel and Turkey at Breaking Point

Jun 01, 2010 at 09:28 | Robert Tait

Once the Mideast's key strategic relationship, a deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship has tensions between them at the breaking point. Strategic relationship? What strategic relationship? "I don't…

Iranian Authorities Intent on Stopping the Opposition from Taking to the Streets

May 28, 2010 at 05:54 | Robert Tait

Political detainees report being stripped naked and forced to stand outside in plunging temperatures during the night; electricity supplies to Kurdish areas are cut to suppress a simmering rebellion over…

An Interview with Hamas Leadership: Problems with the Middle East Peace Process

May 27, 2010 at 12:40 | Open Democracy

Ousama Hamdan used to be the go-between between Hamas and Iran, but for years has been the Hamas leader in Lebanon. He talks about problems with the peace process in…

Growing Revolutionary Guard Spells Uncertainty For Oil Investors In Iran

May 21, 2010 at 10:36 | Fawzia Sheikh

As the United States edges closer to issuing a fresh round of sanctions against Iran, foreign investors so far unmoved by international pressure will end up doing business with a…

Iran’s Nuclear Gamble

May 16, 2010 at 21:43 | ISN Security Watch

Iran’s nuclear program has dominated world headlines since the revelation of secret facilities in August 2002. Endless negotiations and three rounds of sanctions have followed with no compromise in sight.…

Israel Irked by Turkey-Syria Military Exercises

May 06, 2010 at 07:52 | Charles Kennedy

Turkish and Syrian militaries conducted joint drills last week aimed at improving security cooperation on their shared border. The three-day exercises, which began on 28 April, were similar to those…

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