The Iranian President’s recent charm offensive in New York could be regarded as the start of a diplomatic revolution. Received well in the US and in Iran itself, it will disturb regional neighbours long accustomed to being estranged from Iran.
This week, a UN inspection team begins the onerous task of monitoring and dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons stock. A former UN weapons inspector charged with the destruction of Iraq’s stockpiles highlights the challenges ahead.
Israel's use of force against the aid Flotilla has triggered increasing regional and international tension. As relations deteriorate, Israel must reconsider its defence policy if it is to avoid international conflict.
The Israeli attack on the so-called ‘Freedom Flotilla’ may well weaken President Obama’s stated intention to engage more actively with the Middle East Peace Process. While he is attacked domestically for not coming out more strongly in favour of Israel, in the Arab world, his position as an honest broker has been weakened.
The importance of Iraq's national elections on 7 March cannot be over-estimated. While the ballots continue to be counted and discussions of possible alliances to form Iraq's next government ensue, it is pertinent to assess the electoral process itself and the next political stage of Iraq's infant democracy.