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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment: ISIS: Back to Pre-Islamic Arab structures

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Sunnism has always had a particular link with the state. (We are not talking Westphalia here, with its homogenous national identities, but something more complex,

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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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05/03/2007 Article

How the Saudis Stole a March on the US

/ Mark Perry & Alastair Crooke

Tags: Bush Administration, Diplomacy, Fatah, Hamas, Mecca Agreement, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia

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Asia Times, March 5, 2007 Palestinian Authority advisers Saeb Erakat and Yasser Abed Rabbo arrived in Washington at the beginning of February confused and uncertain.

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04/03/2007 Article

From Rebel Movement to Political Party: The Case of the Islamic Resistance Movement

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Bush Administration, Ceasefires, Fatah, Hamas, Intifada, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinians, Political Islam

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The view held by many in the West that transformation from an armed resistance movement to political party should be linear, should be preceded by

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25/02/2007 Article

Dissent in the Pentagon

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Tags: Bush Administration, Iran

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It has been two weeks since chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace, publicly disagreed with the Bush administration’s assessment of “Iranian

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18/02/2007 Interview

Should the West Dialogue with Islamists?

Tags: Dialogue, Islam and globalization, Modernity, Political Islam

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Alastair Crooke interviewed by Abdullah Faliq, The Cordoba Foundation, October-December, 2006 “…what Muslims hate is the West’s monopoly on the socio-economic implementation of values such

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13/02/2007 Interview

The US Campaign to Topple the Palestinian Government

Tags: Bush Administration, Hamas, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinians

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Al Jazeera interview with Alastair Crooke, January 24, 2007 “…to say that this person is moderate and therefore they are legitimate and other people therefore

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08/02/2007 Article

Stoking the Fire

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Bush Administration, Democracy, Hamas, Palestinians

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Bitterlemons, February 8, 2007 Before Judas’ betrayal, the Lydian historian Pausanius tells us, there was Antenor’s ancient treason. Antenor was the soldier who convinced King

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