Written by Barry Rubin - RubinReports.blogspot.com
Remember what I told you: if you want to know what policy is going to be, watch the governments, not the media. While the results of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg were far from perfect, they also show the difference between decision-makers and opinion-makers on the Middle East.
Written by Peter Zeihan
STRATFOR often discusses how Russia is on a bit of a roll. The U.S. distraction in the Middle East has offered Russia a golden opportunity to re-establish its spheres of influence in the region, steadily expanding the Russian zone of control into a shape that is eerily reminiscent of the old Soviet ...
Written by Dr. Tsilla Hershco
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: French government reaction to the flotilla affair has been tough, and is perceived by the Israeli mainstream as typical of the unjustified global diplomatic lynch Israel has been subjected to over the past two weeks. This threatens to undermine the trust that has been built-up in ...
Written by Daniel Greenfield - SultanKnish.blogspot.com
The violence unleashed in Kyrgyzstan is being spun as ethnic rioting. The reality is a good deal more complex, and the blame can be laid directly at Russia's door. Russia's coup against the Bakiyev government which took power in the Tulip Revolution leveraged Uzbek separatists in the Osh Province ...
Written by Emily B. Landau and Ephraim Asculai
On June 9, 2010, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1929, imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran. Twelve members of the Security Council voted in favor; Brazil and Turkey, as expected, opposed the decision; and Lebanon abstained. In the words of the resolution, the Security Council ...
Written by TMLC
Thomas More law Center Calls Proposal to Establish New Medal for "Courageous Restraint" A Dangerous Idea
ANN ARBOR, MI -A British proposal to grant medals for "Courageous Restraint" to troops in Afghanistan who avoid the use of deadly force at a risk to themselves is making the rounds in NATO. No ...
Written by Barry Rubin
Whatever you think of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad he is not a stupid man. And he's also not acting like an intimidated one. During the latest UN meeting on nuclear issues, when the new International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)director-general urged Iran to "clarify" its activities, the ...
Written by Emily B. Landau
Institute for National Security Studies
Insight No. 180
Judging by the initial dynamics, the stakes of the 2010 NPT Review Conference (RevCon) that began on May 3 are high.
The basic positions of the different parties remain very much as they were at the last RevCon, held in 2005: the US wants to ...
Written by Memri.org
In an article in the Syrian daily Al-Watan, which is close to the Syrian regime, the paper's editor, Waddah 'Abd Rabbo, wondered why the Arab countries and Iran should not obtain nuclear weapons as deterrence against Israel.