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04/05/2016 Article

Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi! (And you too, Brutus, my son!)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 22 April 2016 “Fall, Caesar, fall”. Caesar (Obama) has yet a few months before, finally, he ‘falls’; but the knives are unsheathed,

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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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31/03/2016 Article

Military progress in Syria and its Wider Political Consequences: Reality and the Price of Prejudice

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 29 Feb 2016 http://valdaiclub.com/news/military-progress-in-syria-and-its-wider-political-consequences-reality-and-the-price-of-prejudice/ President Obama is cornered: He faces a decision that, whatever course he opts to pursue, he

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31/03/2016 Article

Recession, Refugees and the wreaking of political destruction in Europe

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 12 February 2016 At the outset of this year, we suggested that an economic era somehow was drawing to a close

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31/03/2016 Article

The Syria War Will Not Be a Quagmire — Because Putin and Assad Are Winning

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Alastair Crooke, The World Post/Huffington Post, 8 February 2016 BEIRUT — Late in the night on Feb. 2, the news hit: “all communication and supply

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31/03/2016 Article

Trump’s rise in context of the profound geo-financial struggle

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 29 January 2016 The Week, an American political magazine, recently asked the question: “Imagine giving this advice to a Republican presidential candidate:

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31/03/2016 Article

The inner meaning of the oil rout (and the prospects for stability carnage in the Middle East)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 22 January 2016 First of all, it (the oil rout) is worse than generally supposed: Source: Zerohegde  Adjusted for inflation, Saudi Arab

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31/03/2016 Article

Entwined Security Architectures: Europe & the Middle East

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 25 January 2016 Europe is thinking less about ‘values’ and more about functionality — a functionality that consists almost wholly

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