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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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Challenging perspectives on Islamism and politics in the Middle East

Conflicts Forum aims to shift Western opinion towards a deeper, less compartmentalised understanding of Islam and the Middle East.
By examining problems in terms of differences of thinking, language and intellectual and metaphysical traditions, we attempt to frame differences as more than simple struggles for power. Although not a particular focus of our work, reconciliation is sometimes an outcome of what we do.
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31/07/2014 Article

Ukraine, MH17 and the Struggle for Europe

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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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05/07/2014 Article

The ISIS’ ‘Management of Savagery’ in Iraq

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 30 June 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/iraq-isis-alqaeda_b_5542575.html?utm_hp_ref=world BEIRUT — These are extraordinary times. Extraordinary events are taking place in Iraq (and in the Muslim World). There is

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14-21 June

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The New Caliphate and its intersection with Middle East Geopolitics  How to read events in Iraq?  We do now have a few ‘handholds’ of understanding onto

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 6-13 June

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Iraq: The al Qae’da Schism and the Political Re-orienting of Iraq:  From ‘bin Ladenism’ to ‘Zarqawi-ism’ Let us be clear at the outset: What we are witnessing

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