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Gambling all on black at the Roulette Wheel

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Saudi Arabia’s Desperate Gamble Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 10 Nov 2017 It is always tempting. The Syrian war is coming to an end, and the losses

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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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08/11/2017 Article

Trump and the New Mideast Paradox

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 10 July 2017 In the early 1920s, an ambitious young British official, Harry Philby, urged a Saudi leader (not then a

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27/06/2017 Article

Have MbS and MbZ Overreached Themselves?

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 9 June 2017 It is still early days, but yes, it seems so. And in so doing, bin Salman’s (MbS) and bin Zayed’s

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27/06/2017 Article

Trump Tumbles into Saudi-Israeli Trap

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 3 June 2017 Jared Kushner did his father-in-law few favours when he enticed President Trump into the endless Israeli-Palestinian ‘peace process’.

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27/06/2017 Article

Trump and the ‘Management of Allies’

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 26 May 2017 One commentator recently noted that if one wants to work out Trump’s foreign policy, it is not so hard:

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27/06/2017 Article

Donald Trump at a Lonely Crossroads: The drip, drip of innuendo in DC

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 19 May 2017 It is time to pause; take a deep breath, and reflect. It is very clear that Trump’s Presidency is

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27/06/2017 Article

Trump Changes Gear: Strategic Syria policy now lies with Tillerson and Lavrov

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Alastair Crooke, Sic Semper Tyrannis blog, 13 May 2017 No, we are not referring to James Comey’s dismissal (though this too, does reflect a change

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