04/05/2016 Article

Tu quoque, Brute, fili mi! (And you too, Brutus, my son!)


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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 22 April 2016 “Fall, Caesar, fall”. Caesar (Obama) has yet a few months before, finally, he ‘falls’; but the knives are unsheathed,

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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.


14/01/2009 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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12/01/2009 Article

The War in Gaza: A View from the Arab Street

The searing images have long since undergone a subconscious transfiguration: from originally being about Hamas they have metamorphosed into an archetypal image of Israel attacking the Gazan people.

/ Alastair Crooke

Tags: Hamas, War on Gaza


Royal United Services Institute, January 12, 2009 Article posted on the RUSI web site. The round of international diplomacy that has just concluded has left

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11/01/2009 Article

Why the Gaza Calm Crashed

Some may read into this decision the cynicism of a movement that prioritises resistance; but this misreads how Hamas analyses their situation and understands the nature of resistance.

/ Alastair Crooke

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


Many have asked in the wake of Israel’s attack on Gaza, how Hamas, if it saw the consequences of ending the ceasefire — and Hamas

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01/01/2009 Publication

Western Media Representations, Iran, and Orientalist Stereotypes

/ Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Tags: Iran, Media

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The image of Iran is almost always negative in the western media. Whether it is the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, the International Herald

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01/01/2009 Publication

Wahhabism, Salafism and Islamism: Who is the Enemy?

/ Professor Ahmad Moussalli

Tags: Islamists, Political Islam, Salafism, Wahhabism

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This essay constructs and deconstructs three main discourses created by different and opposing trends in modern Islamic thought that are normally and mistakenly lumped together

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20/11/2008 News

Summary of Salafist Websites, Oct–Nov 08

Tags: Sunni-Shia tension

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Salafist websites persist in their acute verbal offensive against Hezbollah, Iran and the Shi’i generally – but now with greater ferocity: Salafist websites have been

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