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16/04/2015 Article

Geo-Financial Risk in Wake of the ‘Treasury Wars’

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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 11 April 2015 It has been customary to consider the energy business in terms of political risk (governments falling, internal

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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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18/11/2014

Running Out of Magic Tricks to Keep the Status-Quo Aloft

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 17 Oct 2014 In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Stephen Walt bemoans the fact that despite the US having followed the

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18/11/2014

The Middle East ‘Madness’ Should Have Been No Surprise

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Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 10 Oct 2014 As we watch the Middle East seemingly tearing itself to bits in an orgy of violence, many observers

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18/11/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 3 Oct 2014

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What’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution. CP Cafavy, (prominent modern Greek poet, 1863-1933) There is

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18/11/2014

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 09/25/2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/how-isis-is-using-us_b_5877570.html “O crusaders, you have realized the threat of the Islamic State, but you have not become aware of the

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20/09/2014 Article

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is ‘Not Islamic’

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Huffington Post, 18 Sept 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/obama-isis-not-islamic_b_5843830.html?utm_hp_ref=world “We are fighting an ideology, not a regime.” – U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry     “Now let’s make

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18/09/2014 Article

History on the Move Again

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 5-12 September 2014 The ‘ordering’ of the ‘non-West’ is undergoing a huge shift. Although this new patterning is still fully to

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