Jan 31 2012

GWOT weekly round-up January 30

Due to technical difficulties the GWOT blog has been unable to publish posts for the past few weeks. Apologies to all our readers for this downtime. To catch up on our weekly round-ups, we will be publishing a larger weekly round-up today with this post and the regular weekly round-up for this past week on Monday.

Afghanistan

Juan Cole looks at how problems in Pakistan will affect its neighbour.
Thomas Joscelyn believes that the Taliban are insincere about a negotiated peace.

Arab Spring

Melanie Phillips is pessimistic about the Arab Spring.
David Hearst argues that Anglo-Saudi relations undercut Cameron’s support for democracy in the Middle East and North Africa.

Democracy

Stephen Walt suggests that gradual democratisation may be more sustainable that a sudden change.
Jay Ulfelder analyzes the factors that determine the success of democratic transitions.

Egypt

The Arabist looks at the future of Civil-Military relations in Egypt.

Iran

Michael Rubin discusses Iran’s posturing in the straits of Hormuz.
Ray Walser looks at Iran-Cuba links.
Lawrence Haas discounts the value of regional expertise.
Spencer Ackerman looks at US troop deployments in the Persian Gulf.
The Arabist has a round-up of other Iran related material.
William Tobey argues that assassinations are a sign of Israeli desperation and no substitute for action.
Jeffrey Goldberg criticises Israel’s tactics against Iran’s nuclear programme.
Jennifer Dyer looks at the role that Russia and China can play in Iran.

Nigeria

Colin Freeman looks at the deteriorating situation in Nigeria.

Syria

John McCreary believes that recent events have left Assad’s regime on the brink of collapse.
Michael Weiss looks at the prospects for Western intervention in Syria.
Paul Bonicelli is optimistic that Assad’s regime will collapse.

North Korea

Scott Snyder sees some possibility that talks might restart.

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