Written by Kenneth Karlsson
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The expectation of Shiite Muslims for the return of the 12th imam can, as we saw in the attack on the great mosque in Mecca on November 20th 1979 (see the previous issue of Dispatch International), make Shiites take on an almost ...
Written by Udi Dekel
President Obama's upcoming visit to Israel, along with the formation of a new Israeli government, is an opportunity for the United States and Israel to formulate a joint strategy toward the challenges of the Middle East. The two countries view the main trends in the region with concern: ...
Written by Prof. Eytan Gilboa
The United States and Iran are exchanging tough messages on possible negotiations towards a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear weapons crisis. Both sides are presenting conditions for direct negotiations, which would be the first of their kind. In international relations theory this ...
Written by ITIC
"Iran has to prefer Syria to the Khuzestan region": Ammar Headquarters chief's announcement draws angry reactions
Hojjat-ol-Eslam Mehdi Ta'eb, chief of the Ammar Headquarters, a think tank affiliated with the radical right wing of the conservative camp, has announced that Iran needs to give more ...
Written by George Friedman
Airstrikes by unmanned aerial vehicles have become a matter of serious dispute lately. The controversy focuses on the United States, which has the biggest fleet of these weapons and which employs them more frequently than any other country. On one side of this dispute are those who regard them ...
Written by Mark B. Schneider and Peter Huessy
Hidden in Plain Sight
The U.S. system is not being designed against a sophisticated missile threat, such as that posed by Russia, while the Russian system is clearly designed to defend against the United States.
Despite its incessant propaganda against U.S. ballistic missile defense efforts, Russia ...
Written by Udi Dekel and Orit Perlov,
Jordanian Discourse on the Social Networks
On January 23, 2013 elections were held for the seventeenth Jordanian parliament, and some 1,475 candidates competed for 150 parliamentary seats. Of a total population of 6.2 million, 3.3 million Jordanians are eligible to vote, and of these, 2.3 million ...
Written by Reva Bhalla
As U.S. President Barack Obama's second-term foreign policy team begins to take shape, Iran remains unfinished business for the U.S. administration. The diplomatic malaise surrounding this issue over the past decade has taken its toll on Washington and Tehran. Even as the United States and Iran are ...
Written by George Friedman
North Korea's state-run media reported Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered the country's top security officials to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures," which has been widely interpreted to mean that North Korea is planning its third nuclear test. Kim ...