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07/07/2015 Article

The enabling of ‘useful proxies’ becomes ‘la mode’

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 26 June – 3 July 2015  In our last Weekly Comment, we quoted the US Defence Secretary saying: “That is an important part

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07/07/2015 Article

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 19-26 June 2015 “This has nothing to do with building an oil pipeline. It is to build a free and democratic life”

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07/07/2015 Article

Is Hamas coming to the Old Arab Order’s rescue?

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 12-19 June 2015 Zvi Bar’el, writing in Haaretz somewhat provocatively insists, “It’s hard to explain how the gossip columnists have missed

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07/07/2015 Article

ISIS & the crisis of Sunni Islam: “This is not an ISIS revolution. This is a Sunni revolution”

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Conflicts Forum, 12 June 2015 An edited version of this piece was published by Energy Intelligence (June 2015) “This is not an ISIS revolution. This is a

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07/07/2015 Article

Weekly Comment: The Juggler’s Plate

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 25 May – 5 June 2015 The ‘plate’ that fell and broke is Ramadi. And the juggler, of course is President

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09/06/2015 Article

If Syria and Iraq Become Fractured, So Too Will Tripoli and North Lebanon

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 1 June 2015 The talk now is all about whether Syria and Iraq will end up as divided states. The impetus

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09/06/2015 Article

With Saudi Arabia Faltering in Yemen, Power in the Region Has Begun To Swing East

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Alastair Crooke, Huggington Post, 29 April 2015 Saudi Arabia has announced the end to its campaign in Yemen, but nevertheless air attacks against Ansar Allah

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