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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment: ISIS: Back to Pre-Islamic Arab structures

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Sunnism has always had a particular link with the state. (We are not talking Westphalia here, with its homogenous national identities, but something more complex,

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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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05/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 March 2014

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It has been a week in which President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives have turned sour; and to make it worse, they seem all to have

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29/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 14 – 21 March 2014

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A well-connected colleague (based in Washington) notes: ”Regarding Syria, US attention has dropped precipitately, with the result that US intelligence analysts are warning that Assad is making military

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21/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 7 – 14 March 2014

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The stress and turmoil affecting the centre of the Sunni world is pulling other members of the GCC into its vortex. The political grouping, the

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14/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 28 Feb – 7 March 2014

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The stress and turmoil affecting the centre of the Sunni world is pulling other members of the GCC into its vortex. The political grouping, the

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07/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 February 2014

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It seemed irremediable: If we cast back to 2008 and 2009, a small but significant part of the Iranian polity seemed to have cut itself

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01/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 14 – 21 February 2014

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There is a new government in Lebanon – though one not yet in possession of a parliamentary vote of confidence, nor indeed a Ministerial Statement

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