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Iran Won’t Leave OPEC

Iran Won’t Leave OPEC

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Iraqi Province Cracks Down on Clerics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…


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