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10/08/2016 Article

Trump, the Syria Calculus and the Threat to America’s Foreign Policy

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Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, 6 August 2016 (This piece was published by Consortium News on 6 August 2016 under the title: Stalling Obama’s overtures to

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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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31/03/2016 Article

Trump’s rise in context of the profound geo-financial struggle

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 29 January 2016 The Week, an American political magazine, recently asked the question: “Imagine giving this advice to a Republican presidential candidate:

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31/03/2016 Article

The inner meaning of the oil rout (and the prospects for stability carnage in the Middle East)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 22 January 2016 First of all, it (the oil rout) is worse than generally supposed: Source: Zerohegde  Adjusted for inflation, Saudi Arab

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31/03/2016 Article

Entwined Security Architectures: Europe & the Middle East

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 25 January 2016 Europe is thinking less about ‘values’ and more about functionality — a functionality that consists almost wholly

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31/03/2016 Article

2016: WELCOME TO THE YEAR OF (UNWELCOME) ‘REALITY’

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 19 January 2016 This year, 2016, will be the year energy and raw material producers face bitter reality, and it

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11/12/2015 Article

Cornering Russia, Risking World War III

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Official Washington is awash with tough talk about Russia and the need to punish President Putin for his role in Ukraine and Syria. But this

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11/12/2015 Article

Is a Strategic Partnership between Russia & Iran in the Making?

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Comment by Guest Editor, Conflicts Forum, (first circulated 27 Nov 2015) Western Europe and the US are hopeful that a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and

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