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Trump, the Syria Calculus and the Threat to America’s Foreign Policy

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Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, 6 August 2016 (This piece was published by Consortium News on 6 August 2016 under the title: Stalling Obama’s overtures to

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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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12/09/2015 Article

Saudi Arabia and the Game of Dominoes

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Coflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 21-28 August 2015 That the drop in the price of oil is hitting Saudi revenues hard is a commonplace. But crude

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12/09/2015 Article

A Middle East Reset?

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Conflicts Forum Weekly Comment, 7 August 2015 So, it is becoming clearer what is afoot between Washington and Moscow: It has been plain for some

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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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07/07/2015 Article

Syria

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 19-26 June 2015 “This has nothing to do with building an oil pipeline. It is to build a free and democratic life”

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07/07/2015 Article

Is Hamas coming to the Old Arab Order’s rescue?

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 12-19 June 2015 Zvi Bar’el, writing in Haaretz somewhat provocatively insists, “It’s hard to explain how the gossip columnists have missed

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07/07/2015 Article

ISIS & the crisis of Sunni Islam: “This is not an ISIS revolution. This is a Sunni revolution”

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Conflicts Forum, 12 June 2015 An edited version of this piece was published by Energy Intelligence (June 2015) “This is not an ISIS revolution. This is a

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