No. 01

5 January 1998

The Political Scene

Regionally it has been a quiet holiday season. The Israelis have backed out of asecurity agreement with the Palestinians brokered by the Americans and are drawing upfinal status maps which do not bode well for the future of the peace process. Iraq remainsat odds with the US and the UN after the Security Council demanded immediate andunconditional access for UNSCOM inspection teams. Algeria has completed its politicalrestructuring with the...