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Photo Exposes More About Israel Than Its Subjects

Photo Exposes More About Israel Than Its Subjects

  Last week, a photo was published that showed two male Israeli soldiers, in uniform, holding hands. The picture was taken from behind, thus the viewer only sees their backs. But the two look very comfortable together. It quickly came out that the photo was staged. One of the men was gay, the other was […]

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Plugging Israel’s Brain Drain

Plugging Israel’s Brain Drain

Israel is one of the world’s science powerhouses.  With ten Nobel Prize winners, more than 4,000 technology startups, and high-tech companies reportedly comprising 45% of Israel’s exports, Israel is undoubtedly a technology hub. Despite statistical data identifying the country’s technological superiority, Israel is faced with the threat of its scientists and startup mavens seeking educational […]

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Has Israel Equipped Submarines with Nuclear Weapons?

Has Israel Equipped Submarines with Nuclear Weapons?

Following up on the controversial Guenther Grass poem discussed in a previous post, Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine published last week a very long article addressing the question of whether the six sophisticated submarines Germany supplied Israel are being equipped with nuclear weapons. Co-reported and co-written by eight people, the very long article contains a lot […]

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Cyberweapons: Bold Steps in a Digital Darkness?

Cyberweapons: Bold Steps in a Digital Darkness?

The following piece was originally published in on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  by  R. Scott Kemp R. Scott Kemp is an associate research scholar with the Program on Science and Global Security at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Before this, he was science advisor in the Office […]

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Could Unilateral Actions be the Panacea?

Could Unilateral Actions be the Panacea?

Jump-starting Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations with unilateral declarations of statehood have long been considered a highly controversial and dangerous step that could ignite the conflict even further. Generally, a unilateral declaration of statehood from the Palestinians has been expected to emerge from West Bank leadership and not Jerusalem. That dynamic might be turned on its ear, […]

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Exclusive Interview: Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Syrian American Council

Exclusive Interview: Rashad Al-Dabbagh of the Syrian American Council

The following interview was conducted by Foreign Policy Blog’s Rob Lattin with the Syrian American Council’s (SAC) Communications Director Rashad Al-Dabbagh. The SAC is a non-partisan, non-sectarian grassroots organization devoted to promoting educational, civic, economic, and human development, as well as advancing civil liberties and human dignity in Syria.  It also seeks to build bridges […]

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Gay Couples Courted for Middle East Stance with Mural

Gay Couples Courted for Middle East Stance with Mural

Obama’s Endorsement is Already Creating New Political Realities   NEW YORK – Engaged gay couples are the newest group to be courted in the Mid-East Conflict. A massive outdoor mural in Manhattan’s West Village depicts two men holding hands while looking at scales that weigh the gay rights enjoyed in Israel versus the homosexual persecution in […]

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A New York City Bomb Shelter

A New York City Bomb Shelter

What can you do in fifteen seconds?                                    It takes a Keurig machine 30 seconds to brew a cup of coffee. This is the combined time two people have to make it to a bomb shelter in Sderot, a southern city in Israel. Imagine fifteen seconds being the difference between life and death. On May […]

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Understanding Israel: The Arab Spring, A Discussion with Malcolm Hoenlein and Joseph Braude

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, pundits, politicians, and casual observers have all wondered and speculated what the effects of the uprisings will mean for Israel.  Will the peace-treaty with Egypt hold? What will happen on the Syrian border?  What is going on with Israel’s own Arab population? In this episode of Understanding Israel I speak […]

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Interview: Peter Beinart Discusses Zionism, Hamas, and the Settlement Movement

Peter Beinart’s newest book “The Crisis of Zionism” has garnerd significant controversy in the American-Zionist community, earning both praise and criticism.  The book is a personal reflection on what it means for the senior Daily Beast editor and CUNY professor to be a Zionist, the current state and future possibilities of democracy in Israel, and […]

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Welcoming Two Additions to Our Iran Page

Welcoming Two Additions to Our Iran Page

It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of two highly professional bloggers to our Iran page at Foreign Policy Association Blogs:  Ms. Azadeh Pourzand and Ms. Allison Kushner. When it comes to Iranian geopolitical and socio-economic affairs, Azadeh and Allison bring an impressive track record in personal, professional, as well as academic experience  to share […]

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Western-Iranian Negotiations in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East

Western-Iranian Negotiations in the Post-Arab Spring Middle East

Iran today is well-positioned to leverage the Arab world’s difficult political transition to religious-based politics and influence this transition to suit its geopolitical interests. After a 15-month hiatus marked by mutual distrust and reciprocal accusations of insincerity to negotiate, on April 14 Istanbul hosted a new round of negotiations between Iran and the world’s major powers […]

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Book Review: The Crisis of Zionism

Book Review:  The Crisis of Zionism

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs.  Daily Beast writer Peter Beinart recently released his newest book, The Crisis of Zionism, and it is making serious waves in the American Jewish and […]

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Iran’s Nuclear Program: How to Succeed in Baghdad?

Iran’s Nuclear Program: How to Succeed in Baghdad?

  The following is a guest appearance by Lawrence J. Korb, a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Mr. Korb is also a senior advisor to the Center for Defense Information and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Mr. Korb was also assistant secretary of defense during the administration of President Reagan. The following originally appeared in […]

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A New Challenger Emerges: Yair Lapid

A New Challenger Emerges: Yair Lapid

The following was taken from Jspace.com.  The article was written by Jspace Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Rob Lattin, who also blogs about Israeli and Middle Eastern foreign policy for Foreign Policy Blogs.  Israel’s political system is notorious for its recycling of politicians. However, a new force is emerging, Yair Lapid, the former head anchor of Israeli television station […]

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