30/09/2016 Article

How the US Armed-up Syrian Jihadists


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The West blames Russia for the bloody mess in Syria, but U.S. Special Forces saw close up how the chaotic U.S. policy of aiding Syrian jihadists enabled Al

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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.


01/05/2009 Interview

Alastair Crooke in the New York Times

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“Ex spy sits down with Islamists and the West” by Robert F Worth for the New York Times 1 May 2009

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30/04/2009 Article

The Answer is Always Clausewitz

That war takes lives is not pertinent; organized killing is a specious fact undampened by good intentions.

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Iran, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Obama administration


Bitter Lemons, April 30, 2009 The wry and oft-repeated saying among senior American military officers is always good for a laugh: “no matter what the

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22/04/2009 Article

‘Resistance’ is the Essence of Islamism

We are fortunate to have available a new book that provides one of the most comprehensive, accurate and useful analyses of the core philosophy and motivating political principles of political Islamism available to English-speaking readers.

/ Rami G Khouri

Tags: Islamists


The Daily Star, April 22, 2009 Once in a while a wave of ideas sweeps across societies and countries, and when combined with political and

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19/04/2009 Article

Power, Humiliation and Torture

By using the term “interrogation” the issue of sadistic retribution was effectively screened out of consideration.

/ Paul Woodward

Tags: Bush Administration, War on terrorism


War in Context, April 19, 2009 In the wake of 9/11, no phrase more succinctly projected the upwelling of popular jingoism across the United States

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13/04/2009 Interview

Alastair Crooke on BBC Radio 4

Tags: Islamists

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Start the Week, BBC Radio 4, February 23, 2009 Alastair Crooke recently appeared on Start the Week, presented by Andrew Marr, where he discussed his

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19/03/2009 Article

The China Syndrome

Is it wise to follow a policy that, without being effective against Hizballah, leaves Iran as her only friend?

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Dialogue, Hezbollah

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Bitter Lemons, March 19, 2009 The late historian Barbara Tuchman was an accomplished writer, but her reputation rests more properly on her insights. Her seminal

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