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11/12/2015 Article

Cornering Russia, Risking World War III

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Official Washington is awash with tough talk about Russia and the need to punish President Putin for his role in Ukraine and Syria. But this

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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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13/11/2015 Article

Can Obama complete his foreign-policy legacy?

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Weekly Comment, 23-30 Oct 2015 There is little more than a year remaining in which President Obama can hope to cement his foreign policy legacy. 

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13/11/2015 Article

The Very Centrality of Syria

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Weekly Comment, 16-21 Oct 2015 (This comment was published in a shorter format on WorldPost / Huffington Post: Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front

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10/10/2015 Article

Russia’s Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda

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Alastair Crooke, The WorldPost/Huffington Post, 9 October 2015 BEIRUT — As soon as Russia launched the first stages of its military campaign in Syria, world media erupted

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02/10/2015 Article

Putin’s audacious move check-mates Washington

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 18 – 25 Sept 2015 A change in tone does not come more powerfully than this: six months ago, the UK

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02/10/2015 Article

Syria: The Strategic Site

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 11-18 Sept 2015: What is striking about the Middle East today is the apparent compression of time.  Not long ago, crises

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12/09/2015 Article

The Incipient NATO-ifcation of the Syrian Conflict

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 4-11 Sept 2015   Retired Chief of Staff at the State Department, during Colin Powell’s mandate, Lawrence Wilkerson, in his lecture

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