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Iran’s response: the ‘Strategy of Tension’ 

Jerusalem Post, 1/6 The United States and its allies are currently in the opening stages of the pursuit of a strategy to contain and roll back the Islamic Republic of Iran from a number of points in the Middle East.  … Continue reading

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Game on: The New Strategy of the US and its allies in the Middle East

Jerusalem Post, 25/5 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s outlining of 12 conditions that Iran would need to meet in order to make possible a new nuclear deal amounts to a call for the wholesale reversal of Iranian regional strategy.  The … Continue reading

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Whoever you vote for – Hezbollah Wins

Jerusalem Post, 11/05 Lebanon’s May 6 elections have resulted in the further consolidation of Hezbollah and its associated movements within the legal frameworks of the state. The movement and its allies won over half of the seats in the 128-seat … Continue reading

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The Waiting Period

Australian, 11/5 It is spring in Israel. On the face of it, all appears normal. Yet underlying the everyday is the hint of tension. The low buzz that presages violent events. We know it well in Israel and it has … Continue reading

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The Great Distraction of Punitive Airstrikes

New Republic, 16/4 Despite escalating worries about Russia in past weeks, the skies did not fall in as a result of the American-led punitive raid on Syria’s chemical weapons storage and research facilities Saturday morning.  Great care was taken to avoid … Continue reading

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Erdogan’s Shadow Army 

Jerusalem Post, 13/4 In the collapsed and fragmented space that comprises much of today’s Middle East, the key to success increasingly lies in the ability to combine political strategy with military muscle, under a single banner and in a single … Continue reading

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The Sultan’s Pleasure: Turkey Expands its Operations in Syria and Iraq

Jerusalem Post, 30/3 Turkish forces this month entered Afrin City, bringing Operation “Olive Branch,” launched on January 20, to a successful conclusion. Latest reports suggest that the Turks are now set to seek to enter the neighboring Kurdish-controlled town of Tal … Continue reading

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