02/10/2015 Article

Putin’s audacious move check-mates Washington


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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 18 – 25 Sept 2015 A change in tone does not come more powerfully than this: six months ago, the UK

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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.


20/04/2008 News

Carter Meeting Sparks New Debate Over Engaging Hamas

Tags: Bush Administration, Dialogue, Diplomacy, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Uncategorized

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Mark Perry (Conflicts Forum) and Robert Satloff (Washington Institute for Near East Policy), NewsHour, PBS, April 18, 2008 Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met Friday

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01/04/2008 Article

Thoughts on the American Role in Palestinian-Israeli Peacemaking

A transcript of a paper presented at the Palestine Center

/ Frederic C Hof

Tags: Annapolis Conference, Bush Administration, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict


Remarks of Frederic C. Hof, The Palestine Center of the Jerusalem Fund, March 20, 2008 Fred Hof, a keen Middle East observer and former member

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24/03/2008 Article

The Naive Armchair Warriors are Fighting a Delusional War

If radical Islam encompasses those who are not enamoured of secular society, and who espouse a vision of society grounded in the values of Islam, then these experts are advocating a war.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Islamists


The French philosopher Michel Foucault notes that in all societies discourse is controlled – imperceptibly constrained, perhaps, but constrained nonetheless. We are not free to

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13/03/2008 Article

The Middle East Peace Process: The Case for Jaw-jaw not War-war

When I opened talks with Sinn Féin/Irish Republican Army (IRA), such was the anger of the Ulster Unionists that they declared me ‘contaminated’ and withdrew from talks.

/ Michael Ancram

Tags: Dialogue, Hamas

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Accord (Issue 19), Conciliation Resources, 2008 When I opened talks with Sinn Féin/Irish Republican Army (IRA), such was the anger of the Ulster Unionists that

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04/03/2008 Article

Arrest of Khaled Hamza Salam

The regime is ramping up its crackdown on MB members to preempt their ability to secure seats in the upcoming municipal elections and has arrested 400+ MB members.

/ Ibrahim El Houdaiby

Tags: Democracy, Egypt, Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood, Political Islam


I woke up on Wednesday February 20th on the news of the arrest of Khaled Hamza Salam, co-editor in chief. I was on a

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03/03/2008 Article


Bush is first to note that he regularly mangles language (“Syria Leone”) but there is a lurking suspicion that his fumbling masks a deeper sense of American entitlement.

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Bush Administration, Middle East

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Bitter Lemons, February 21, 2008 While it may be difficult to remember, George W. Bush was once considered a debater who could match wits with

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