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10/08/2016 Article

Trump, the Syria Calculus and the Threat to America’s Foreign Policy

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Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, 6 August 2016 (This piece was published by Consortium News on 6 August 2016 under the title: Stalling Obama’s overtures to

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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

Putin and the Art of Listening

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 30 March 2016 Lessons learned from Russia’s experience in Ukraine are being applied to Syria – including the importance of

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31/03/2016 Article

Russia Isn’t Really Withdrawing From Syria

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Alastair Crooke, The World Post/ Huffington Post, 17 march 2016 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/russia-withdraw-syria_b_9487262.html BEIRUT — Russian President Vladimir Putin caught nearly everyone by surprise with his Syria

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31/03/2016 Article

‘Revanchism’ and the Shaping of Geopolitics

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 11 March 2016 In a certain sense, geopolitics seems to have become pulled directly into the crucible of the Middle East.

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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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