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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment: ISIS: Back to Pre-Islamic Arab structures

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Sunnism has always had a particular link with the state. (We are not talking Westphalia here, with its homogenous national identities, but something more complex,

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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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10/01/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 27 December 2013 – 3 January 2014

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Disquieting, and worrisome events in Lebanon: A President (Sleiman) anxiously in search of re-election (due in May); a warning by King Abdallah to President Sleiman

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10/01/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 20 – 27 December 2013

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Change in the region continues apace: Turkey:  Whilst no one should underestimate PM Erdogan’s sheer, brutal pugilism and ruthlessness to stay in power, the AKP undoubtedly

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28/12/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 13 – 20 December 2013

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What is the ‘state of the nation’ – or more correctly of the Arab Middle East ‘nation’– at the end of 2013?  We all know

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20/12/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 6 – 13 December 2013

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The tempo of the regional dance of diplomacy has been heightened over recent days. Karzai, Maliki and Lavrov all have visited Tehran in recent days,

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13/12/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 29 November – 6 December 2013

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Three clear dynamics have chacterised the recent period since the signing of the Geneva Accord by the P5+1 and Iran. The first – for now

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06/12/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 22 – 29 November 2013

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One of the most significant aspects of the Geneva Accord reached between Iran and the P5+1 is that it happened – in spite of the reported millions spent by

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