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Caught Endlessly in our Patterns of Repeated Mistakes (No, we do not learn from history)

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Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14 Nov 2014 Veteran American foreign policy commentator, William Polk who, in earlier times, was a member of the three-man Crisis

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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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31/01/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 17-24 January 2014

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Geneva II: The outcome of the conflict in Syria will affect many things.  It will directly contribute towards shaping the geo-strategic balance in the region; it

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24/01/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 10 – 17 January 2014

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In the lead up to Geneva II, the picture emerging from the Middle East remains complicated, with political currents often moving in contrary directions.  On Lebanon, for

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17/01/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 3 – 10 January 2014

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Egypt: Even before the military coup that overthrew President Morsi, it was plain that Egyptian society was fracturing – and fracturing in a profound, and

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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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