Category Archives: The Gulf

09Sep/19

Iraq, a battlefield of global and regional rivalries

Attention in the Middle East has gradually returned to a country, which in recent years seemed to have faded from its center stage prominence. The country in question: Iraq, is fighting remnants of the Islamic State, which lives on through its hold on key religious and ideological institutions. The Central Government in Baghdad is also trying to avoid collapse, due to various ethnic components pulling Iraq apart, while at the same time it contends with the ongoing stand-off between Iran and its regional adversaries.
Panel:
– Jonathan Hessen, host.
– Amir Oren, analyst.
– Dr. Eran Lerman vice president of the Jerusalem Institute of Strategy and Security and a lecturer at Shalem College.
– Dr. Nir Boms, Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University.

28Jun/17

Jerusalem Studio: The regional crisis surrounding Qatar

A rift between Qatar and four Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates over Doha’s alleged role in funding terror organizations, as well as its alleged support of Iran; has brought about additional challenges to the already chaotic Middle East.

Guests:

Dr. Eran Lerman – Senior Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies & Lecturer at Shalem College

Dr. Nir Boms – Research fellow, Moshe Dayan center at Tel Aviv University

Dr. Hay Eitan Cohen Yanarocak: research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center

Analyst: Amir Oren

03Nov/16

Jerusalem Studio: “the battle of Mosul”

 

Following months of preparations, the Iraqi army and Kurdish ‘Peshmerga’ forces backed by the US-led coalition have launched an operation to recapture the Islamic State-held city of Mosul. The city is considered-to-be the most significant stronghold of the extreme Muslim group in Iraq, from where the leader of the Islamic StateAbu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014.
To discuss the operation and its significance, I’m joined in the studio by;
Guests:

1 Doctor Ephraim Kam, Senior Researcher – the Institute of National Security Studies
2 Doctor Nir Boms, Research Fellow – the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University

Analyst: Mr. Amir Oren

12Oct/10

Sinister Gulf Streams

Caspian Weekly/Cyberdissidents.org

Located between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula and home to the oil-rich, Western-allied countries of Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, the Persian Gulf is usually viewed as an Arab resort and not as a place of oppression and aggression.

But oil is the not the only thing to be found amidst the tranquil streams of the Gulf. Beneath the veneer of tranquility and wealth lies the harsh reality of undemocratic, authoritarian states that regard human rights with contempt – cowardly regimes that stifle dissent and crush freedom. And the recent, massive $60 billion arms deal – the largest ever to be signed between the US and Saudi Arabia – might bring further uncertainty to this otherwise apparently quiet region. Continue reading