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Geopolitics / Middle East

Despite Tension Israel and Turkey Continue their Economic relations

Aug 17, 2010 at 10:49 | David Caploe PhD

Israeli business executives here in Istanbul like to point out that most of the angry Turks who protested Israel’s deadly raid on a Turkish-led flotilla to Gaza this past…

Iraq: The Conflict Over Power

Aug 10, 2010 at 12:21 | ISN Security Watch

The current political impasse in Iraq is damaging to all parties involved. A UN-sponsored National Salvation Government may be the only way forward. The “Non-Dialogue” dialogue is still going on…

Lebanese Officials Expect Phony Evidence in UN Report on Hariri Assassination

Aug 08, 2010 at 14:26 | Wayne Madsen

The Wayne Madsen Report (WMR) is reporting sources in Lebanon are expecting that the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) report on who was responsible for the 2005 remotely-controlled bomb…

An Uncertain Homecoming: BP’s Return To Libya Decades After Gaddafi’s Revolution

Aug 06, 2010 at 08:38 | Fawzia Sheikh

After nearly 40 years, BP is returning to Libya amid widespread controversy about an alleged link to the Lockerbie bomber’s release and fears about a potential oil disaster in the…

A Coup in Saudi Avoided or Iranian Disinformation?

Aug 06, 2010 at 08:28 | Claude Salhani

Did King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia narrowly avoid being overthrown by a close member of his own royal family?  That seems to be a rumor circulating around some political and…

The Enduring Middle East Strategic Framework Begins to Emerge as Iran Surges, and the US Resiles

Aug 04, 2010 at 20:42 | Yossef Bodansky

The lingering impact of August 3, 2010, clash on the Israeli-Lebanese border lies in the greater context of, and wider strategic dynamics in, the Middle East. These aspects were highlighted…

Clash on Israel-Lebanon Border Holds Potential for Strategic Escalation

Aug 03, 2010 at 15:56 | Yossef Bodansky

The August 3, 2010, armed clash along the Israeli-Lebanese border was a significant strategic incident. On Thursday, July 29, 2010, Israel notified UNIFIL that a few Israeli soldiers would be…

Pentagons Afghanistan PR Campaign Wounded as Documents Reveal Growing Taliban Influence

Aug 02, 2010 at 10:46 | John Daly

Like a star shell bursting high above a hotly contested battlefield at midnight, the thousands of documents recently released by Wikileaks have thrown the nine-year war in Afghanistan into stark…

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…

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