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09/06/2015 Article

If Syria and Iraq Become Fractured, So Too Will Tripoli and North Lebanon

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 1 June 2015 The talk now is all about whether Syria and Iraq will end up as divided states. The impetus

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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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18/11/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 3 Oct 2014

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What’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution. CP Cafavy, (prominent modern Greek poet, 1863-1933) There is

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18/11/2014

How ISIS Is Using Us to Get What It Wants

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Alastair Crooke, Huffington Post, 09/25/2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/how-isis-is-using-us_b_5877570.html “O crusaders, you have realized the threat of the Islamic State, but you have not become aware of the

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20/09/2014 Article

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is ‘Not Islamic’

/ Alastair Crooke

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Huffington Post, 18 Sept 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/obama-isis-not-islamic_b_5843830.html?utm_hp_ref=world “We are fighting an ideology, not a regime.” – U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry     “Now let’s make

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18/09/2014 Article

History on the Move Again

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 5-12 September 2014 The ‘ordering’ of the ‘non-West’ is undergoing a huge shift. Although this new patterning is still fully to

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15/09/2014 Article

Yemen in Play (Round Two) and Saudi Arabia Fears (of being caught in an ISIS pincer movement)

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 5 September The Prime Minister has resigned; the government has been dismissed; Sana’a streets are filled with tens of thousand Houthi protesters

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30/08/2014 Article

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

/ Alastair Crooke

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Global Post/Huffington Post, 27 August 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html BEIRUT — The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have

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