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07/07/2015 Article

The enabling of ‘useful proxies’ becomes ‘la mode’

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 26 June – 3 July 2015  In our last Weekly Comment, we quoted the US Defence Secretary saying: “That is an important part

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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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24/02/2015

Ripples from Rising Tensions with Russia Impact on the Middle East

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14-21 November 2014 The ratchetting of Anglo-sphere tensions with Russia needs no real rehearsal — after the G20 they are evident

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18/11/2014 Article

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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18/11/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 7 Nov 2014

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The Mid-Term elections are over. The Republicans’ successes seem to have exceeded even the more optimistic pre-poll estimates. So how might this impinge on the P5+1

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18/11/2014

Running Out of Magic Tricks to Keep the Status-Quo Aloft

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 17 Oct 2014 In a recent article in Foreign Policy, Stephen Walt bemoans the fact that despite the US having followed the

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18/11/2014

The Middle East ‘Madness’ Should Have Been No Surprise

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Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 10 Oct 2014 As we watch the Middle East seemingly tearing itself to bits in an orgy of violence, many observers

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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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