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Syria is no more

May 29th, 2013, Comment & Analysis, Uncategorized

What began in Syria as a revolt against an oppressive regime has evolved into a sectarian civil war and, more recently, into a proxy conflict among outsiders. In the process, the struggle has become increasingly convoluted, with conflicting agendas among allies, together with deep-seated communal tensions, rendering the situation nearly intractable.

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Hezbollah’s asymmetric support to Iran: a new Middle Eastern security dilemma

July 27th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

James Blake

Among Western governments consensus is growing that Hezbollah, acting under Iranian instruction, perpetrated last week’s suicide bombing against Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. The attack signifies a significant ideological and operational shift for Hezbollah, which had cultivated an image as an independent Lebanese actor.

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Conflict with Iran would send shockwaves across the world

April 11th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

As Friday’s nuclear talks with Iran approach, there are storm clouds in the distance. Global security would be affected by a conflict and the global economy remains in a risky, brittle state as it attempts to dig itself out of one of the worst recessions since the Second World War.

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The Great Iranian Threat, The Great Iranian Hope

April 9th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

So, who should be frightened by Iran?

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Hope for Iran’s youth

April 2nd, 2012, Comment & Analysis, Counterpoint

The vast majority of political power in Iran today lies in the hands of old bearded men in robes and turbans, plus the minor exception of a short cartoonish-looking man with a penchant for provocation and Members Only jackets.

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Go Back to Your Country

March 29th, 2012, Comment & Analysis

You never forget the first time you’re told to “go back to your country.” It’s like being punched in the heart and stomach simultaneously.

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