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Quebec "Hate Speech" Proposal Threatens Free Speech
by Abigail R. Esman

Thirteen years, thirteen honor killings, all in Muslim families, all of them in Canada. But if you should condemn those murders, you might find yourself the subject of investigation and convicted of a crime. (Full Story)

One Year since the Establishment of the Islamic State: Al-Baghdadi’s Successful Gamble, Thus Far
The Islamic State, now marking its first anniversary, is an autonomous entity controlling a considerable geographical area within the territory of Iraq and Syria. Assessing the first year of his tenure as caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi can crown his gamble a success, at least in the meantime.  (Full Story)
Confronting Spontaneous Terrorist Attacks
by Gaby Sibon

A prominent feature of many terrorist attacks in recent months by Islamic radicals is their independent, spontaneous, unplanned nature – sometimes called the work of lone wolves. The phenomenon presents a serious challenge to the security establishments in the nations where there has been a rise in the scope of spontaneous attacks, the West in general and Israel in particular. (Full Story)

Europe vs. Hizbollah's Military Wing
by Benedetta Berti and Yoram Schweitzer 

On July 22, 2013, during a ministerial meeting on Common Foreign and Security Policy, the Council of the European Union decided to designate Hizbollah’s "military wing" as a terrorist organization. (Full Story)

The Revolution in Egypt: Recommendations for Israel
by Avner Golov, Udi Dekel, Orit Perlov, Yoel Guzansky, Oded Eran and Anat Kurz,

On January 25, 2011, 7 million Egyptians, most of them young, middle class, educated city-dwellers, took to the streets and with the assistance of the army, toppled the regime of President Husni Mubarak. (Full Story)

All in the Family: The Changing of the Guard in Qatar
by Guzansky, Yoel

In an unusual step, Sheikh Hamad Bin Halifa al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, transferred the throne to his 33-year old son, Prince Tamim, who thus becomes the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad thereby put an end to rumors circulating in recent months of an impending change in leadership. (Full Story)

Israeli or U.S. Action Against Iran: Who Will Do It If It Must Be Done?
By James Cartwright and Amos Yadlin

It is late 2013 and the prime minister of Israel has just received a phone call from the White House relaying the findings of a recent U.S. intelligence assessment: international sanctions and negotia­tions with Iran have yet to persuade the regime to halt its nuclear drive.  (Full Story)

Canada. Troubling new anti-terror provisions pass into law
By Matthew Behrens

In what some critics called an opportunistic move, the Harper government swiftly scheduled debate on, and passed, new anti-terrorism provisions (Bill S-7) in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the subsequent Canadian arrests of two men alleged to be involved in a plot against VIA Rail. (Full Story)

Early March 2013 Update: The Iranian Situation
by Ephraim Asculai,

The final week of February 2013 was marked by events that may have changed the perception of Iran’s nuclear program and the chances of finding a non-belligerent solution to this problem.  (Full Story)

The United States and Israel: A Shared Strategy for the Challenges of the Middle East
by Udi Dekel

President Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel, along with the formation of a new Israeli government, is an opportunity for the United States and Israel to formulate a joint strategy toward the challenges of the Middle East.  (Full Story)

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