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17/02/2018 Article

Putin’s Grand Bargain to Israel: Can Israel Digest It?

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Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture Organisation, 17 Feb 2018 “Israel is climbing up a high horse,” Alex Fishman (the veteran Israeli Defence Correspondent) wrote in the

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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.
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13/02/2018 Article

Would American ‘Foreign Policy’ Please Stand Up – So That We May See You!

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Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture Foundation, 12 Feb 2018 Of course, it can’t.  It can’t because the unitive character of the US state is dissolving. What

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13/02/2018 Article

The US’ ‘Forever Wars’

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Alastiar Crooke, Consortium News, 2 Feb 2018 Laying aside for the moment President Trump’s animus to Obama and all his works (notably the JCPOA), and

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01/02/2018 Article

Riding the Trump wave, has Netanyahu rather paved the ground for war?

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Miscalculations in Israel Could Pave Way to Wider War Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 29 January 2018 This week, the Israeli political leadership was rolling with guffaws,

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01/02/2018 Article

The Post-Syria Conflict Reality: Who’s Containing Who?

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Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture Foundation, 23 January 2018 The White House’s wheeling and dealing in the Middle East, with Mohammad bin Salman (MbS), Mohammad bin

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01/02/2018 Article

China is testing the global system, “and it will be for the U.S. to ensure that [the system] survives” (Walter Russell Mead, Wall Street Journal, 8 Jan 2018)

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Alastair Crooke, Comment, 5 January 2018 A few commentators detect a new orientation in US foreign policy forming (see here, for example). Trump, they suggest,

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01/02/2018 Article

Behind Korea, Iran & Russia Tensions: The Lurking Financial War

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Alastair Crooke, Strategic Culture Foundation, 31 December 2017 What have the tensions between the US and North Korea, Iran and Russia in common? Answer: It

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