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The enabling of ‘useful proxies’ becomes ‘la mode’

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 26 June – 3 July 2015  In our last Weekly Comment, we quoted the US Defence Secretary saying: “That is an important part

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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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25/02/2008 Article

Crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood

Brotherhood members are an integral living part of the Egyptian society who can never be marginalized.

/ Ibrahim El Houdaiby

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

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Those who believe that the ongoing crackdowns on the Muslim Brotherhood by the Egyptian regime will cause a major setback for the country’s largest and

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15/02/2008 Interview

Disarmament vs. Demilitarization

Tags: Disarmament, Hezbollah, Lebanon

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An Interview with Ambassador Chester Crocker, February, 2008 In 2006, the United States Institute of Peace generously provided a grant to Conflicts Forum to conduct

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15/02/2008 Publication

Disarmament vs. Demilitarization

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A Conflicts Forum Monograph by Alastair Crooke In 2006, the United States Institute of Peace generously provided a grant to Conflicts Forum to conduct a

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09/02/2008 Interview

Language – A Tool to Transform Different into Dangerous

Tags: Dialogue, Islamists, Political Islam

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Alastair Crooke interviewed by Christian Porth, Daily Star, February 2, 2008 “If thought corrupts language,” the English author George Orwell wrote in his famous 1946

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04/02/2008 Article

Refusing Talk to Facilitate Talk – The Paradox of Islamist Dialogue

The idea that non-Western cultures and language is somehow ephemeral and parochial is an idea deeply rooted in colonialism and colonial thinking.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamists

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The Bill and Sally Hambrecht Distinguished Peacemakers Lectures at AUB — Lecture by Alastair Crooke, The Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs,

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22/01/2008 Article

Nasrallah Forecasts the Prospect of Coming Conflict

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Tags: Bush Administration, Gaza, Hezbollah, Iran, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Lebanon, Middle East, Syria

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On January 15, the Secretary General of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech celebrating the death anniversary of Shi’i Imam Al-Husayn. The following is

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