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Caught Endlessly in our Patterns of Repeated Mistakes (No, we do not learn from history)

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14 Nov 2014 Veteran American foreign policy commentator, William Polk who, in earlier times, was a member of the three-man Crisis

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18/11/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 7 Nov 2014

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The Mid-Term elections are over. The Republicans’ successes seem to have exceeded even the more optimistic pre-poll estimates. So how might this impinge on the P5+1

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18/11/2014

Running Out of Magic Tricks to Keep the Status-Quo Aloft

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 17 Oct 2014 In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Stephen Walt bemoans the fact that despite the US having followed the

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18/11/2014

The Middle East ‘Madness’ Should Have Been No Surprise

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Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 10 Oct 2014 As we watch the Middle East seemingly tearing itself to bits in an orgy of violence, many observers

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 3 Oct 2014

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What’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution. CP Cafavy, (prominent modern Greek poet, 1863-1933) There is

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18/11/2014

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 09/25/2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/how-isis-is-using-us_b_5877570.html “O crusaders, you have realized the threat of the Islamic State, but you have not become aware of the

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20/09/2014 Article

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is ‘Not Islamic’

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Huffington Post, 18 Sept 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/obama-isis-not-islamic_b_5843830.html?utm_hp_ref=world “We are fighting an ideology, not a regime.” - U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry     “Now let’s make

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