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Iran Signals Its Readiness for a Final Confrontation

Iran Signals Its Readiness for a Final Confrontation

Since the publication of the November 2011 IAEA report, which explicitly spotlights Iran's plans to build nuclear weapons, senior figures of the Iranian regime and the state-run media have begun to use threatening, defiant, and sometimes contemptuous language toward Israel and the United States.

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Libya Heading Towards Islamism

Libya Heading Towards Islamism

Amid all the debate as to what lies in store for Libya, it is becoming increasingly apparent that Islamism will be the dominant political force in the country. 

Indeed, this trend should already have been clear in the treatment of David Gerbi, a Libyan Jew residing in Italy who returned to his ...

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Europe, the International System and a Generational Shift

Europe, the International System and a Generational Shift

Change in the international system comes in large and small doses, but fundamental patterns generally stay consistent. From 1500 to 1991, for example, European global hegemony constituted the world’s operating principle. Within this overarching framework, however, the international system regularly ...

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Saudi Succession and Stability

Saudi Succession and Stability

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 153, November 1, 2011

Executive Summary:The smooth succession of royals is crucial to the stability of the Saudi oil state. Ever since King Faysal, the Saudi monarchy has alternated branches of the family on the throne in order to maintain a degree of balance ...

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Russia: Rebuilding an Empire While It Can

Russia: Rebuilding an Empire While It Can

U.S.-Russian relations seem to have been relatively quiet recently, as there are numerous contradictory views in Washington about the true nature of Russia’s current foreign policy. Doubts remain about the sincerity of the U.S. State Department’s so-called “reset” of relations with Russia— the term ...

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Libya and Iraq: The Price of Success

Libya and Iraq: The Price of Success

In a week when the European crisiscontinued building, the White House chose publicly to focus on announcements about the end of wars. The death of Moammar Gadhafi was said to mark the end of the war in Libya, and excitement about a new democratic Libya abounded. Regarding Iraq, the White House ...

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Spotlight on Iran Week Update October 23, 2011

Spotlight on Iran Week Update October 23, 2011

This week top Iranian officials categorically denied claims made by the American administration that two Iranians working for their country were planning to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, and that Iran was behind a plan to bomb the embassies of Israel and Saudi ...

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Mediterranean to the Hindu Kush: Rethinking the Region

Mediterranean to the Hindu Kush: Rethinking the Region

The territory between the Mediterranean and the Hindu Kushhas been the main arena for the U.S. intervention that followed the 9/11 attacks. Obviously, the United States had been engaged in this area in previous years, but 9/11 redefined it as the prime region in which it confronted jihadists. That ...

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In Jordan, Escalation in Anti-Israel Rhetoric, Threats

In Jordan, Escalation in Anti-Israel Rhetoric, Threats

In recent weeks, Jordanian officials, including Jordan's King 'Abdallah II, have stepped up their statements against Israel, to the point of threatening military aggression against it. This escalation was in response to statements by Israeli officials describing Jordan as the Palestinian homeland.[1] ...

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