The ongoing political crisis in Syria has influenced as a catalyst the political life of the country and its geopolitical role in the region. The increasing political tension in various urban centers in the country and the increasing negative pressure of the anti-Assad powers on the Syrian leader to diminish his pressure on the [...]
On 21 December 2010 a breakthrough in the Iraqi political standoff was announced: the Parliament in Baghdad announced the approval of the new government including all major factions. This development ended the nine months deadlock which followed the inconclusive March 2010 elections. Both the prolonged stalemate and the way that the problem was resolved have [...]
In a previous article by the same author titled “The commemoration of the Islamic Revolution and the struggle for power in Iran” the main argument was that the relatively peaceful and neutral co-existence of reformists and conservatives during the commemoration of the Islamic Revolution constituted a first step toward the creation of a communication channel [...]
Israel and Palestine: The prospects of a two state solution – Interview with Prof. Sh. Feldman, Brandeis University
This year’s Halki International Seminars focused on the role of the transatlantic institutions in helping local stakeholders address security challenges in the Middle East, the Black Sea and Southeastern Europe. In the interview that follows, Prof. Sh. Feldman discusses his views on the Middle East issue.
In Iran the Islamic Revolution (1979) is the most significant political development in the second half of the twentieth century and the event which led to the formation of the political system of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It is commemorated annually with a march to the Freedom Square (Meidan-e Azadi) in Tehran and a [...]
Israel and Palestine: The prospects of a two state solution – Interview with Dr. Y. Beilin, Chairman, The Geneva Initiative
This year’s Halki International Seminars focused on the role of the transatlantic institutions in helping local stakeholders address security challenges in the Middle East, the Black Sea and Southeastern Europe. In the interview that follows, Y. Beilin discusses his views on Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
ELIAMEP: On the 28th of May the US president Mr. Obama expressed his opinion on this delicate issue and stated that his government was in favor of and hoped to see the realization of a two state-solution in the future. Would you personally say that Mr. Obama intends a new stance towards the Middle East? [...]
On June 4, 2009, President Barrack Obama made a remarkable speech invoking all different kind of responses from all around the world. The President made quotations from the Quran, Bible and Torah, encouraging conciliation of civilisations. The Bush period brought strong anti-Americanism waves to the Middle East. It seems that Obama is very willing to [...]
Disappointment in the Turkish media is revealed in the last few weeks concerning Turkey’s decision to withdraw its possible veto against Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen becoming NATO’s new secretary general. Erdogan explained the Turkish media that veto was withdrawn since President Obama promised to be the “guarantor” of the Turkish concerns who said [...]