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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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31/07/2014 Article

Ukraine, MH17 and the Struggle for Europe

/ Alastair Crooke

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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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