14/03/2018 Article

Will the War Clouds Pass Us By, Or Will the Storm Break?


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Alastair Crooke, Sic Semper Tyrannis blog, 3 March 2018 The compulsive hatred of President Putin in élite western circles has surpassed anything witnessed during the

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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.


21/11/2011 Publication

Understanding Hizbullah’s Support for the Asad Regime

/ Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

Tags: Hezbollah, Syria

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04/11/2011 Article

Syria and Iran: The Great Game

This is today's “great game” – losing Syria. And this is how it is played.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Democracy, Iran, Obama administration, Syria

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Article posted on The Guardian, 04 November 2011 This summer a senior Saudi official told John Hannah, Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, that from

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01/11/2011 Article

Foreign Intervention in Syria: No Room for Equivocation

These fears are not based on a general reading of the situation, but on concrete evidence about the course the US, Europe, and their Arab clients have decided to take.

/ Ibrahim Al-Amin

Tags: Middle East, Syria

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Article posted on Al-Akhbar English, 01 November 2011 Syria today is approaching a new crossroads… These fears are not based on a general reading of

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22/10/2011 Article

The ‘Great Game’ in Syria

This is today's "great game": the US-instigated "color" revolutions in former Soviet republics have given way to a bloodier, more multi-layered process today, but the psychology remains unchanged.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Obama administration, Syria

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Article posted on Asia Times Online, 22 October 2011 This summer, a senior Saudi official told John Hannah [1], former United States vice president Dick

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29/07/2011 Publication

Politics After Al-Qaeda

/ Faisal Devji

Tags: Al Qaeda, Obama administration, War on terrorism

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Released by the Pentagon following the American assassination of Osama bin Laden in Abbotabad, an already “iconic” image showing Al-Qaeda’s frail leader watching footage of

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15/07/2011 Article

Unfolding the Syrian Paradox

One of the problems with unfolding the Syria paradox is that there is a genuine, domestic demand for change.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Democracy, Syria


Article originally posted on Asia Times Online Can Syria properly be understood as an example of a “pure” Arab popular revolution, an uprising of non-violent,

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