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18/11/2014 Article

Caught Endlessly in our Patterns of Repeated Mistakes (No, we do not learn from history)

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14 Nov 2014 Veteran American foreign policy commentator, William Polk who, in earlier times, was a member of the three-man Crisis

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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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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 30 May-6 June

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The sheer visibility of turnout, the resolution, and zeal with which Syrians voted in Syria’s Presidential elections have both taken western audiences by surprise, and

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 23-30 May

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Managing the Void What to make of Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point?  At the more prosaic level, the White House has been briefing

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26/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 16 – 23 May 2014

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Are we heading towards a hot ‘summer of discontent’?  It seems so. The geo-strategic political situation certainly has its needle wavering towards escalating tensions, and

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25/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 9 – 16 May 2014

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It seems set for escalation towards another round of sanctions on Russia:  The ‘round table’ talks in Kiev bore no fruit.  But rather, as we see

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18/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 2 – 9 May 2014

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Professor Stephen Walt noted somewhat wryly in a recent article that perhaps one of Bill Clinton’s worst predictions consisted in 1992 remark, in which he said, “in a world

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10/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 25 April – 2 May 2014

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Following five days in Moscow, a few thoughts on Russian perspectives:  Firstly, we are beyond the Crimea. That is over. We too are beyond ‘loose’ federalism for Ukraine

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