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19/01/2017 Article

Where we are, (at least for now… )

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Alastair Crooke, Comment, Conflicts Forum, 6 January 2017 Professor Peter Mair, not so long ago, wrote a book entitled Ruling the Void. The void was the empty

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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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26/10/2016 Article

‘End of Growth’ Sparks Wide Discontent

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The global elites’ false promise that neoliberal economics would cure all ills through the elixir of endless growth helps explain the angry nationalist movements ripping apart the

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30/09/2016 Article

How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists

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The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al

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28/09/2016 Article

New Cold War Spins Out of Control

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 26 September 2016 U.S. enthusiasts for the New Cold War with Russia appear to be ignoring less-belligerent orders from President Obama and

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28/09/2016 Article

Washington’s Hawks Push New Cold War

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 20 Sept 2016 As a fragile and partial cease-fire in Syria totters, the back story is the political warfare in Washington

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13/09/2016 Article

‘Xi’s G20’ and a World on the Brink of Radical Change

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 13 Sept 2016 [Hyperlinks below added by Conflicts Forum] This time the G20 was different. Intentionally so. The Chinese had prepared

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08/09/2016 Article

Geo-Strategic Change: Syria, Ukraine and the G20

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 2 September 2016 So often, it is something – seemingly quite minor in itself – which presages major change. The weight

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