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Senat Policy Papers: 2005
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran A New President with Even More Aggressive Policies

Senat #277, December 2005

ABSTRACT

Iranian politics continue to draw the considerable attention of its citizens and the international community due to its policies, which have weighty implications for the West as well as for Israel’s security. Almost 27 years after ascendance of the Islamic régime, it appears that the Islamic Revolution has yet to conclude, with the Iranian people still seeking some method to realize the yearnings that fuelled its fires.

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Turkey and the European Union: Announcement of the Membership Talks

Senat #273, December 2005

ABSTRACT

On October 3, 2005, the European Union declared its intent to begin membership talks with Turkey. The European declaration, which received Ankara’s blessings, stated that the purpose of the talks was to explore Turkey’s full integration in the EU although it was explicitly noted that such membership could not be guaranteed at so early a stage.

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Security Implications of Disengagement from the Gaza Strip and Northern Samaria

Senat #271, July 2005

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In this edition of Senat, we analyse the immediate direct and indirect implications for security of the Israeli government''s disengagement plan. A land division is currently responsible for the defence of the settlements and all military operations in the Gaza Strip, with an additional auxiliary land brigade stationed in Northern Samaria.

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The Israeli Economy: Current Conditions, Short- and Long-Term Forecasts

Senat #268, July 2005

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Current Conditions The Composite Index released by the Bank of Israel in May 2005 indicated a decline of 0.1%. This is the fourth consecutive decline in the index, a trend that contradicts the improvements observed during the parallel period in 2004. This decline reflects a reduction in the rate of economic activity as of early 2005.

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Israel's Electoral System: Characteristics, Drawbacks and Proposals for Reform

Senat #261, July 2005

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Electoral systems - the mechanisms by which the citizen’s voice is translated into representation in governing institutions - significantly affect the character of political systems and governance in democratic countries. Were we to argue that electoral systems simply reflect the distribution of political power, we would be compelled to observe that over time, these systems help sustain that same distribution of the power.

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Special Report: Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

Senat #283, March 2005

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Iran represents the main axis for exploration of nuclear proliferation in the contemporary Middle East. The eyes of the majority of the world, but especially nations located in the Middle East, are tensely focused on Iran in anticipation of how the crisis will be resolved and whether the international community’s efforts to halt Iran will succeed. If Iran becomes a nuclear state (or arrives at the stage where its decision to become nuclear will reside exclusively within its own domain), such an event will represent a highly significant modification of the status quo in the Middle East, with far-reaching consequences for Israel and the entire region.



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