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Caught Endlessly in our Patterns of Repeated Mistakes (No, we do not learn from history)

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14 Nov 2014 Veteran American foreign policy commentator, William Polk who, in earlier times, was a member of the three-man Crisis

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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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25/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 11 – 18 April 2014

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It is a “melancholy perspective indeed”, writes Yezid Sayigh of the Carnegie Middle East Centre. “But the time when Assad might have been defeated by a truly inept opposition

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18/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 4 – 11 April 2014

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In the sense that the outcome to P5+1 negotiations with Iran will mark a key inflection point for the Middle East – one way or

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13/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 28 March – 4 April 2014

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We noted last week that President Obama’s key Middle East foreign policy issues had turned suddenly sour – on the eve of President Obama and

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05/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 March 2014

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It has been a week in which President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives have turned sour; and to make it worse, they seem all to have

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29/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 14 – 21 March 2014

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A well-connected colleague (based in Washington) notes: ”Regarding Syria, US attention has dropped precipitately, with the result that US intelligence analysts are warning that Assad is making military

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21/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 7 – 14 March 2014

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The stress and turmoil affecting the centre of the Sunni world is pulling other members of the GCC into its vortex. The political grouping, the

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