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20/09/2014 Article

Obama Is Wrong That ISIS Is ‘Not Islamic’

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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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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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14/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 28 Feb – 7 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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07/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 February 2014

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It seemed irremediable: If we cast back to 2008 and 2009, a small but significant part of the Iranian polity seemed to have cut itself

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01/03/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 14 – 21 February 2014

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There is a new government in Lebanon – though one not yet in possession of a parliamentary vote of confidence, nor indeed a Ministerial Statement

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22/02/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 7 – 14 February 2014

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We seem to have been here many times before. Another “last chance” for a two-state solution; and perhaps the “final” chance for “peace” between Israelis and

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22/02/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 31 January – 7 February 2014

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It is clear that many ‘Emerging Markets’ are suffering from a withdrawal of the short-term funds that were parked with them as a result of

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13/02/2014 Article

The Obama Doctrine and a New Equilibrium

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This article was originally published in Al-Akhbar English on Wednesday February 12th, 2014  In David Remnick’s recent interview [2] with President Obama in the New Yorker, Remnick quotes Ben

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