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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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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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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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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 30 May-6 June

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The sheer visibility of turnout, the resolution, and zeal with which Syrians voted in Syria’s Presidential elections have both taken western audiences by surprise, and

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 23-30 May

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Managing the Void What to make of Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point?  At the more prosaic level, the White House has been briefing

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26/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 16 – 23 May 2014

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Are we heading towards a hot ‘summer of discontent’?  It seems so. The geo-strategic political situation certainly has its needle wavering towards escalating tensions, and

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