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Putin Vs. Erdogan

Australian, 28/11 The downing of the Russian Suk­hoi SU-24 bomber over Turkish airspace this week is a dramatic escalation in an already existing situation of tacit conflict between Moscow and Ankara in and over the ravaged landscape of northern Syria. … Continue reading

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‘Remaining and expanding’?

Jerusalem Post, 20/11 Will the Paris bombing galvanize a new strategy to destroy the ‘Islamic State’? The Islamic State (IS) is a murderous enterprise, based on an insane ideology.  It nevertheless desires its own survival and expansion. In October , … Continue reading

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A Murder in October

On October 13, 2015, two young Palestinian men affiliated with the Hamas movement, Baha Alian and Bilal Ranem, boarded the 78 bus in Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood. The two were residents of Jabel Mukaber, an adjoining Arab village. Alian was … Continue reading

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Is it Iran’s Middle East Now?

Fathom Journal, Autumn, 2015. The Middle East is currently in the midst of widespread instability, civil strife and the collapse or contraction of state authority. Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Turkey, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Tunisia and Egypt have … Continue reading

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Syrian Bluff

Jerusalem Post, 6/11 Syrian Bluff The west has conceded the continued existence of both Assad and Islamic State, despite attempts to create a different impression. Talks in Vienna last Friday intended to relaunch the diplomatic process on Syria produced predictably … Continue reading

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Israel Avoids the Abyss – For Now

The Australian, 31/10 First indications that the violence in Israel and the West Bank is Being Contained For the past four weeks, Israel and the West Bank have been hit by a wave of stabbing attacks by Palestinian Muslims on … Continue reading

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Russian intervention in Syria: significant, but not a ‘game changer’

The Strategist, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 29/10 http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/russian-intervention-in-syria-significant-but-not-a-game-changer/ On September 30th, Russian aircraft began the bombardment of rebel and Islamic State targets in Syria, heralding a new phase in Syria’s long and bloody civil war.  The Russian attacks were accompanied … Continue reading

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