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Yemen in Play (Round Two) and Saudi Arabia Fears (of being caught in an ISIS pincer movement)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 5 September The Prime Minister has resigned; the government has been dismissed; Sana’a streets are filled with tens of thousand Houthi protesters

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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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13/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 28 March – 4 April 2014

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We noted last week that President Obama’s key Middle East foreign policy issues had turned suddenly sour – on the eve of President Obama and

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05/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 March 2014

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It has been a week in which President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives have turned sour; and to make it worse, they seem all to have

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29/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 14 – 21 March 2014

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A well-connected colleague (based in Washington) notes: ”Regarding Syria, US attention has dropped precipitately, with the result that US intelligence analysts are warning that Assad is making military

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21/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 7 – 14 March 2014

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The stress and turmoil affecting the centre of the Sunni world is pulling other members of the GCC into its vortex. The political grouping, the

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14/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 28 Feb – 7 March 2014

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The stress and turmoil affecting the centre of the Sunni world is pulling other members of the GCC into its vortex. The political grouping, the

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07/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 February 2014

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It seemed irremediable: If we cast back to 2008 and 2009, a small but significant part of the Iranian polity seemed to have cut itself

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