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30/08/2014 Article

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

/ Alastair Crooke

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Global Post/Huffington Post, 27 August 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html BEIRUT – The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have

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25/08/2014 Article

Resurgent Iraq?

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Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 8-15 August 2014 “Iran Wants Iraq’s New Premier to Start Job Immediately”. “Iranian Leader Hails Breakthrough in Iraq’s Political Deadlock: the Iranian

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25/08/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 1-7 August

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The Ancient philosophers perceived killing – and its opposite pole of living peacefully – as curiously closely related – they rested, these seemingly opposite poles,

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09/08/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 25 July – 1 August

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  “There is a war coming in Europe,” he said: “Do you really think this [the Yukos ruling at the Hague] matters?” (Financial Times, 28

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31/07/2014 Article

Ukraine, MH17 and the Struggle for Europe

/ Alastair Crooke

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Valdai Discussion Club, 30 July 2014 http://valdaiclub.com/europe/70723.html Immanuel Wallerstein refers here to two major articles, one an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, and the other, a major

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31/07/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment: The risks of Strategic Incoherence

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There is today a real upping of geostrategic risk. Whether we are looking at Ukraine’s civil war; the possible ramifications of yesterday’s downed Malaysian airliner;

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15/07/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment: ISIS: Back to Pre-Islamic Arab structures

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Sunnism has always had a particular link with the state. (We are not talking Westphalia here, with its homogenous national identities, but something more complex,

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