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Friday, June 5, 2009

Weekend Reading

Per my usual Friday afternoon routine, if you have time on your hands this weekend (or whenever you do), here are some of the new reports around town and around the globe that may be of interest:
  • Thinking the Unthinkable Department: Abdullah Toukan and Tony Cordesman at CSIS give us an analysis of "Iran, Israel and the Effects of a Nuclear Conflict in the Middle East," complete with the patented Cordesman formula of lots of maps, graphs, and tables. On the positive side, instead of hysterical screaming about proliferation it's a sober (and sobering) look at what various levels of nuclear exchange could mean.
  • The Council on Foreign Relations' The World This Week covers, among much else, the Cairo speech, the Lebanese elections, and more.
  • Closer to home, the MEI Bulletin for June focuses on upcoming elections in the Middle East this year. Summary page here; full-text PDF here.
  • Also at MEI: the podcast of the June 1 panel on "After the Visits: What Next for Middle East Peace?" with M.J. Rosenberg of Israel Policy Forum, Ghaith al-Omari of the American Task Force for Palestine, and Geoffrey Aronson of the Foundation for Middle East Peace: page about the event here; download or listen to the podcast of the event here.

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