14/03/2018 Article

Will the War Clouds Pass Us By, Or Will the Storm Break?


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Alastair Crooke, Sic Semper Tyrannis blog, 3 March 2018 The compulsive hatred of President Putin in élite western circles has surpassed anything witnessed during the

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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.


01/07/2011 Publication

An Examination of Iran’s Commitment to the Palestinian Cause

/ Amal Saad-Ghorayeb

Tags: Iran, Palestinians, Political Islam

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28/06/2011 Article

Ayatollah Khamenei and a Principled Foreign Policy

Without the advantage of being the founder of the Revolution, in some respects his leadership has been more impressive than that of the late Imam.

/ Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Tags: Bush Administration, Iran, Iraq, Islam and globalization


Paper presented at the International Conference: RENOVATION & INTELLECTUAL IJTIHAD IN IMAM KHAMENEI, Beirut, 6 & 7 June 2011. One of the most important points

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11/04/2011 Publication

Islamic Visions of the Outcome of the Recent Arab Revolutions

/ Sheikh Chafiq Jaradi

Tags: Democracy, Diplomacy, Egypt, Islam and globalization, Islamists, Middle East

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Sheikh Chafiq Jaradi is General Director of the Institute of Sapiential Knowledge in Beirut, exclusively for Conflicts Forum.

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11/04/2011 Article

The Arab Awakening and Syrian Exceptionalism

This conviction about Assad – that he is not old guard – is widely held in Syria, even by many who have been demonstrating in the streets.

/ Alistair Crooke

Tags: Syria

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Article posted on Cleavage in political culture between the domestic and external could not have been better illustrated than in President Bashar Assad’s March

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31/03/2011 Article

Post-Oslo State-Building Strategies and Their Limitations

The most immediate question is what is the bargaining power of the mainstream Palestinian leadership as it negotiates with Israel about sovereignty?

/ Professor Mushtaq Khan

Tags: Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Palestinians

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The Yusif A Sayigh Development Lecture 2010 December 2010, MAS, Ramallah “The most immediate question in Palestine is what is the bargaining power of the

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08/03/2011 Article

Permanent Temporariness

A two-state solution does not solve the problem of how to maintain Zionism, it compounds it.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Diplomacy, Hamas, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Palestinians

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Article posted on London Review of Books It was in 2003 that I realised something fundamental had changed. The door to the room in which

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