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Ian Parmeter

Ian Parmeter

Research Scholar, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University
Ian Parmeter worked for 37 years in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Office of National Assessments. He is also a former Australian ambassador to Lebanon. He is currently a Research Scholar at the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University.

Israel’s invasion of Rafah will not eliminate Hamas or end the war. So, what is Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan?

May 16, 2024 02:03 am UTC| Insights & Views

The Gaza war has now entered its eighth month and a resolution to the conflict still seems far off. Israel claims to have killed 13,000 Hamas militants so far. If that figure is correct, one can assume the number of...

Global Geopolitics Series

Israel-Palestinian conflict: is the two-state solution now dead?

Jan 29, 2024 12:25 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The growing rift between the Biden administration and the Netanyahu government over Israels war in Gaza is now in the open, with public disagreement between them on the viability of a two-state solution to the...

After 3 months of devastation in the Israel-Hamas war, is anyone 'winning'?

Jan 08, 2024 22:22 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The 19th century German war strategist and field marshal Helmuth von Moltke famously coined the aphorism No battle plan survives first contact with the enemy. His observation might well be applied to the tragedy we are...

Global Geopolitics Series

As calls grow louder for a Gaza ceasefire, Netanyahu is providing few clues about his strategy or post-war plans

Nov 15, 2023 01:46 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

More than five weeks into Israels war with Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not outlined his future vision for Gaza. He has said many times the war will continue until Hamas is eradicated. But his battle...

Global Geopolitics Series

Even if Israel can completely eliminate Hamas, does it have a long-term plan for Gaza?

Oct 24, 2023 09:21 am UTC| Insights & Views

Not counting periodic cross-border skirmishes, Israel has fought three major wars against Hamas since withdrawing its forces from Gaza in 2005 in 2008, 2014 and 2021. Each involved limited ground incursions, with Israeli...

Global Geopolitics Series

Why did Hamas attack, and why now? What does it hope to gain?

Oct 09, 2023 13:03 pm UTC| Insights & Views

In hindsight, the drivers of Hamass startlingly well-planned, land-sea-air attack on Israel on Saturday were in plain sight. The operation reflects a pattern of four wars and regular outbreaks of violence between Israel...

Global Geopolitics Series

Iran and US step back from all-out war, giving Trump a win (for now)

Jan 10, 2020 10:45 am UTC| Insights & Views

US President Donald Trumps statement overnight confirming the US would not take further military action in response to Irans missile strikes on American bases in Iraq eases regional tensions for now. In hitting back at...

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Politics

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Donald Trump Considered RFK Jr. for Key Role in Potential Second Trump Administration, Sources Say

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Science

SpaceX Completes Heat Shield Upgrade for Starship Ahead of Critical Flight 5 Test

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SpaceX's New EVA Spacesuits Pass Testing for Historic Commercial Spacewalk

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NASA and SpaceX Reveal $843M Plan to Deorbit ISS Safely in 2031

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SpaceX Reveals Cause of Falcon 9 Anomaly After Engine Failure and RUD Incident

SpaceX announced a liquid oxygen leak caused the Falcon 9s second-stage engine failure, resulting in a RUD. Despite the anomaly, the second stage was passivated successfully. SpaceX Identifies Liquid Oxygen Leak as...

Technology

Elon Musk ‘Surprised’ If Tesla FSD Isn’t ‘Unsupervised’ by Next Year, Predicts Regulatory Shift

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iPhone SE 4 Mass Production Kicks Off This October, Early 2025 Release Expected

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Musk's Poll: Should Tesla Invest $5 Billion in xAI? Early Votes Show Strong Support

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has launched a poll asking if Tesla should invest $5 billion in his AI company, xAI, with early results favoring the proposal. Musk Characterized the Poll as an Experiment Elon Musk, CEO of...

Tesla Triples Cybertruck Production, Aims for 2025 Profitability

Tesla has announced a tripling of Cybertruck production rates, with a target of profitability by 2025. Tripled Cybertruck Production to Drive Profitability As part of its Shareholder Deck for Q2 2024, Tesla revised...
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