The Japanese International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) development of the Jericho Agricultural Industrial Park (JAIP) in the Jordan Valley is a key part of Japan’s policy of proactive contributions to Middle East peace. A mixture of both economic and diplomatic efforts, the Park is one way for Japan to balance its relationships and further its long-term strategic footprint in the region.
Israel did not bomb Iran last year. Why should it happen this year?
Because it did not happen last year. The Iranians are proceeding apace with their nuclear program. The Americans are determined to stop them. Sanctions are biting, but the diplomatic process produced nothing visible in 2012. Knowledgeable observers believe there is no “zone of possible agreement.” Both the United States and Iran may believe that they have viable alternatives to a negotiated agreement.
Professor Kumaraswamy discusses the implications of the recent appointment of former Minister for Home Front Defense Matan Vilnai as Israeli Ambassador to China for Sino-Israeli military and diplomatic ties.
This is the second volume of a two-part essay focusing on higher education in the Middle East. This final volume examines yet another feature of the changing landscape of higher education in the region, namely the proliferation of institutional partnerships.