19/01/2017 Article

Where we are, (at least for now… )


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Alastair Crooke, Comment, Conflicts Forum, 6 January 2017 Professor Peter Mair, not so long ago, wrote a book entitled Ruling the Void. The void was the empty

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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.


14/05/2009 Publication

Cultures of Resistance, issue II


Tags: Dialogue, Diplomacy, Northern Ireland, Political Islam, War on terrorism

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Volume I, Issue II: From the Margins to the Centre From the Margins to the Centre: An Irish Republican Narrative of Resistance – Raymond McCartney

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01/05/2009 Publication

Evolving Currents in Salafism and Shi’ism

/ Various authors

Tags: Salafism, Shi'ism

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Pages from a meeting held in Beirut, May 2009

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01/05/2009 Interview

Alastair Crooke in the New York Times

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“Ex spy sits down with Islamists and the West” by Robert F Worth for the New York Times 1 May 2009

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30/04/2009 Article

The Answer is Always Clausewitz

That war takes lives is not pertinent; organized killing is a specious fact undampened by good intentions.

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Iran, Israel, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Obama administration


Bitter Lemons, April 30, 2009 The wry and oft-repeated saying among senior American military officers is always good for a laugh: “no matter what the

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22/04/2009 Article

‘Resistance’ is the Essence of Islamism

We are fortunate to have available a new book that provides one of the most comprehensive, accurate and useful analyses of the core philosophy and motivating political principles of political Islamism available to English-speaking readers.

/ Rami G Khouri

Tags: Islamists


The Daily Star, April 22, 2009 Once in a while a wave of ideas sweeps across societies and countries, and when combined with political and

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19/04/2009 Article

Power, Humiliation and Torture

By using the term “interrogation” the issue of sadistic retribution was effectively screened out of consideration.

/ Paul Woodward

Tags: Bush Administration, War on terrorism


War in Context, April 19, 2009 In the wake of 9/11, no phrase more succinctly projected the upwelling of popular jingoism across the United States

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