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28/09/2016 Article

New Cold War Spins Out of Control

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Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 26 September 2016 U.S. enthusiasts for the New Cold War with Russia appear to be ignoring less-belligerent orders from President Obama and

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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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11/12/2015 Article

Paris Attack Shows Why Al Qaeda Might Have Been Right About ISIS All Along

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Alastair Crooke, World Post/ Huffington Post, 17 Nov 2015  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/paris-attack-isis-qaeda_b_8582180.html?utm_hp_ref=world  At this point, there are important components to events which are not clear: Were the

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17/11/2015 Article

Obama and the legacy of the “dark side”

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Conflicts Forum, 13 November 2015  “We also have to work – though sort of on the dark side – if you will” Dick Cheney When, in

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13/11/2015 Article

Is the US espying an opportunity in Syria?

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 30 Oct – 6 Nov 2015 When political events deviate from established, past patterns, it is useful to ask ‘why?’ —

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13/11/2015 Article

Can Obama complete his foreign-policy legacy?

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Weekly Comment, 23-30 Oct 2015 There is little more than a year remaining in which President Obama can hope to cement his foreign policy legacy. 

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13/11/2015 Article

The Very Centrality of Syria

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Weekly Comment, 16-21 Oct 2015 (This comment was published in a shorter format on WorldPost / Huffington Post: Why Russia Perceives Syria as Its Front

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10/10/2015 Article

Russia’s Aim in Syria Is to Strategically Defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda

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Alastair Crooke, The WorldPost/Huffington Post, 9 October 2015 BEIRUT — As soon as Russia launched the first stages of its military campaign in Syria, world media erupted

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