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09/06/2015 Article

If Syria and Iraq Become Fractured, So Too Will Tripoli and North Lebanon

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 1 June 2015 The talk now is all about whether Syria and Iraq will end up as divided states. The impetus

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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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24/02/2015 Article

Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar — And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

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(Apologies for late posting on CF’s website – this article was first published by Huffington Post on 2 December 2014) Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 2

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24/02/2015 Article

Is Jordan Facilitating ISIS’ Grand Strategy?

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 13 February 2015 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-jordan-strategy_b_6674252.html BEIRUT — Last September, I wrote that “Nothing that ISIS has done has been whimsical, rather it reflects serious

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24/02/2015 Article

Poison Pills: the Allure and the Risks

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 9-16 January 2015 ISIS was ever thus: a saucer of poison placed down in the midst of Syrian society, with another spoonful dropped

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24/02/2015 Article

The Geo-financial war places new geo-political facts on the ground

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“The death of the Bretton Woods world order … and the beginning of the end for America’s linchpin role in the global economy” (Bloomberg) Conflicts Forum’s

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24/02/2015 Article

The Double-Edged Sword of Financialised ‘War’

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 12-19 December 2014 The drop in the rouble has been truly dramatic. Overall, it has fallen more than 50% this year

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24/02/2015 Article

The Mid-Eastern Discatenation

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 5-12 December 2014 Returning from strategic discussions in the region, it is not easy to reflect on how one might define

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