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The Limited Options for Managing the Iranian Nuclear Question

While persuading Iran to roll back its nuclear programme at this stage may be difficult, the US and its allies can and should seek to reinforce Tehran’s perception that a decision to weaponise the programme would increase Iranian isolation and insecurity. In recent months, unsettling rhetoric from senior Iranian individuals …

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How Israel’s war on Gaza is testing Turkey and Azerbaijan’s ties

Analysis: While Turkey has halted all trade with Israel amid the Gaza war, Azerbaijan continues to supply Tel Aviv with oil. Amid global attention on pro-Palestinian demonstrations across the world, notably on US university campuses, another significant boycott campaign has been brewing in Turkey, albeit against Azerbaijan’s ties with Israel. …

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The Iraq Report: 10 years after the Islamic State’s ‘caliphate’

A decade since the Islamic State declared its ‘caliphate’ in Iraq and Syria, its legacy of violence continues to shape the country’s path towards recovery. On 29 June 2014, the Islamic State (IS) declared a “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, appointing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as their leader, a declaration deemed …

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Attacking Lebanon will prove to be strategic suicide for Israel

Like a wounded animal, vicious but aimless, Israel is lashing out at Lebanon. But, as Emad Moussa writes, Hezbollah won’t be deterred by wider regional war. The prospect of an all-out war between Israel and Lebanon reached new heights on July 3 after the Israeli army assassinated senior Hezbollah commander, …

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‘Disappeared, buried, detained’: The horrors of Gaza’s missing children

In-depth: Over 20,000 children in Gaza are lost, detained, disappeared, or buried in mass graves or under rubble amid Israel’s relentless war. A report published by British aid group Save the Children last week found that up to 21,000 children are estimated to be missing in Gaza, with at least …

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Israel moves a step closer to officially annexing the West Bank

In-depth: A quiet move to transfer power over the West Bank from military to civilian officials amounts to a formal annexation of the Palestinian territory. Israel’s Civil Administration, the governing military body in the West Bank, quietly transferred power in May to a civilian official under far-right minister Bezalel Smotrich …

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Can Starmer Save Britain?

Why Labour’s Sweeping Victory May Not Reverse the Country’s Decline Although the polls had been predicting it for many months, the result of the United Kingdom’s July 4 general election was nonetheless stunning. This was the worst performance in the 190-year history of the Conservative Party. It lost almost half …

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Russia Carving A New Regional Security Architecture – OpEd

Most certainly, Russia’s final irreversible decision to suspend its membership and future participation in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly on July 3, on the eve of U.S. Independence Day, marked another significant chapter in its shifting geopolitical relations with United States and Europe. As …

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Germany Is Preparing To Assume Partial Responsibility For Poland’s Eastern Border Security

This represents the unprecedented expansion of Germany military influence in the post-World War II era, which is being advanced on a false anti-Russian pretext with full American backing. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s supporters had hitherto dismissed opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s claims of him being a “German agent” as a …

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Iran Update, July 4, 2024

Recent Iranian polls show that moderate Masoud Pezeshkian is leading over ultraconservative hardliner Saeed Jalili in the Iranian presidential race.[i] The runoff election will occur on July 5. The Iranian Students Polling Agency (ISPA) published a poll on July 4 showing that Pezeshkian has a 5.6 percent lead over Jalili.[ii] …

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