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07/07/2015 Article

The enabling of ‘useful proxies’ becomes ‘la mode’

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 26 June – 3 July 2015  In our last Weekly Comment, we quoted the US Defence Secretary saying: “That is an important part

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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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09/06/2015 Article

The problem of sanctions ‘snapback’ on Iran

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 1-8 May 2015 The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has just released a remarkably frank policy document which, given the Council’s

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09/06/2015 Article

Iran, sanctions and the ‘great game’ of Eurasian energy politics

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 10-17 April 2015 The Lausanne ‘joint’ statement on the outlines of a nuclear agreement has already – with any final settlement

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16/04/2015 Article

Geo-Financial Risk in Wake of the ‘Treasury Wars’

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 11 April 2015 It has been customary to consider the energy business in terms of political risk (governments falling, internal

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16/04/2015 Article

The War of the ‘Fact Sheets’: Hardened and Polarised Positions – For Both Parties

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 3-10 April 2015 Paradoxically, the attempt by the two parties after two-and-a half years of nuclear negotiations to set out jointly

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10/04/2015 Article

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 6 April 2015 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/america-iran-saudi-war_b_7001776.html?utm_hp_ref=world&utm_hp_ref=world  BEIRUT — The Middle East plainly gets it now: the U.S., after wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, inter alia,

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10/04/2015 Article

The Continuation of War

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Note: an edited version of this commentary by CF director, Alastair Crooke, was published on 26 March 2015 in the Huffington Post – see here). As recent attention

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