13/09/2016 Article

‘Xi’s G20’ and a World on the Brink of Radical Change


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Alastair Crooke, Valdai Discussion Club, 13 Sept 2016 [Hyperlinks below added by Conflicts Forum] This time the G20 was different. Intentionally so. The Chinese had prepared

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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.


07/02/2009 Article

Imagined Affinities, Imagined Enmities: The Strange Tale of Iran and Israel

Ben-Gurion evolved the concept of the “alliance of the periphery” aiming to balance the vicinity of hostile Arab states.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Iran, Israel, Middle East


Le Monde diplomatique, February, 2009 The early Zionists never believed they would be accepted in the Arab world and pinned their hopes on the non-Arab

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01/02/2009 Publication

Arab Christians in the Levant and their Relationship with Muslims

/ Ghassan Shami

Tags: Christians, Middle East, Salafism

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20/01/2009 Article

A Return to Square One

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, War on Gaza

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Article posted on The Guardian, January 19, 2009 On Saturday evening, Israel announced not a ceasefire – in the sense of an agreement between the

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17/01/2009 Article

The Middle Ground is Eroding Fast

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, Islamists, War on Gaza


Posted on London Review of Books, January 15, 2009 ‘We have to ask the West a question: when the Israelis bombed the house of Sheikh

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15/01/2009 Article

Questions for Barack Obama

The hallmark of liberal societies is that they require obeisance to the same principles they are, in extremis, loathe to adopt. The respect for human life is one of these.

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Democracy, Israel, Middle East, Obama administration


Bitter Lemons, January 15, 2009 We await the arrival of Barack Obama. Some believe he will work wonders. Others aren’t so sure. This uncertainty has

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14/01/2009 Article

Gaza: A Pawn in the New ‘Great Game’

As Europeans watch the humanitarian disaster in Gaza unfold, many may wonder why this crisis seems to have left their governments groping in such apparent disarray.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, War on Gaza


Article posted on Asia Times, January 14, 2009 As Europeans watch the humanitarian disaster in Gaza unfold on nightly news bulletins, many may wonder why

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