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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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29/11/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 15 ­- 22 November 2013

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The severe shaking to the old order in the Middle East, dished up by President Obama with the Syrian and then the Iranian initiatives, seems

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22/11/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 8 – 15 November 2013

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The one thing that has stood out from the first round of US – P5+1 negotiations is the clarity that it has shed on true

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15/11/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 1- 8 November 2013

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As an appeal against a Court ruling imposing a complete ban on the Muslim Brotherhood, and requiring the seizure of its assets, was overturned this

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08/11/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 18 October – 1 November 2013

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Anyone who has visited Syria over the years can see the remarkable qualitative transformation that has now overtaken the Syrian army and security apparatus.  The Syrian

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25/10/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 11 – 18 October 2013

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Suddenly, surprisingly suddenly, the atmospherics in the US towards Iran have shifted.  Now – commentators who have been known over the years for their ‘never

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18/10/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 4 – 11 October 2013

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CF reads widely and follows events in the Middle East and beyond.  Today, however, in spite of following events closely, we like most others, simply do not

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