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Shiites vs. Sunnis: A Region at War

Gemunder Center Distinguished Fellow Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror explains three recent events in the fight between Sunnis and Shiites that took place, including the removal of global sanctions on Iran, and Pakistan's announcement that it would respond to any attack on Saudi Arabia. Is the world's only Muslim nuclear nation about to intervene in the Middle East?

Understanding Russia's Involvement in Syria

What sparked even greater Russian involvement in Syria? Why did the Russians change their strategy, to include such major undertakings like deploying their air force and using submarine-launched cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea? Gemunder Center Distinguished Fellow Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror explains Russia's investment of power in Syria.

Watch: The 2015 Jackson Award and Grateful Nation Award Presentations

On November 16, over 400 supporters attended JINSA's 33rd Annual Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC to celebrate JINSA's 2015 Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson Distinguished Service Award honoree, Congressman Ed Royce, and the Grateful Nation Award recipients.

Who Really Betrayed the Syrians?

JINSA CEO Dr. Michael Makovsky explains in The Weekly Standard why standing by while such staggering carnage continues in Syria fundamentally betrays American humanistic values and dwarfs any concern over 10,000 refugees.

JINSA's 2015 Grateful Nation Award

The Grateful Nation Award, established in 2003, is presented annually to six young heroes recognized for having distinguished themselves through superior conduct in the War on Terrorism. Honorees are chosen by their respective service and represent each of the five branches of the U.S. military and the U.S. Special Operations Command. Click to learn about the 2015 honorees.

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Sunday, October 18, isn't just a day of baseball playoffs and pro football games. It's "Adoption Day," when all parties to the Iran nuclear deal must begin preparing to implement its terms. And while the Obama administration takes another opportunity to pat itself on the back for its achievement, Iran has offered the international community a clear signal of what it thinks about its obligations under the deal, as well as its strategic intentions. Just a week before Adoption Day, Iran test-fired a new precision-guided ballistic missile capable of delivering a 1,600-pound warhead to Israel or even southeastern Europe and designed to evade missile defense systems.

"Senate concern about Iran's recent ballistic missile test is welcome but unfortunately this letter reflects a lack of full appreciation of its import," Michael Makovsky, chief executive of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), tells me. "The test is a result of the Iran deal, which 9 of the 11 letter signators signed, in two ways." He explains that not only did the deal, at Iran's insistence, leave out any discussion of intercontinental ballistic missiles, but more broadly "the deal marked the final collapse of American credibility, encouraging Iran to accelerate its ballistic missile program and other provocative acts (such as in Syria)."

It's been two weeks since a majority of Congress sought to register its disapproval of the Iran deal but fell short of the votes necessary to break a filibuster or override a presidential veto, and most politicians and commentators have moved on. It's understandable to want a mental break after a long and hard-fought struggle. But the world hasn't taken a break. The consequences of the deal are already reverberating.

As the parties now begin implementing the JCPA, and Congress decides whether to disapprove the agreement, it is both useful and necessary to highlight critical deficiencies that remain unaddressed. This short briefing paper, based on the Task Force's body of work, focuses on the possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program.

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