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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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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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