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30/08/2014 Article

You Can’t Understand ISIS If You Don’t Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

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Global Post/Huffington Post, 27 August 2014 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alastair-crooke/isis-wahhabism-saudi-arabia_b_5717157.html BEIRUT – The dramatic arrival of Da’ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have

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11/10/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 27 September – 4 October 2013

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In a recent article, Graham Fuller, a former vice-chair of the US National Intelligence Council speculated that “it is possible that President Obama – without articulating it, perhaps

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04/10/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 20 – 27 September 2013

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Very occasionally, a point of inflection occurs in human affairs – a moment of latent potential, which somehow springs into present ‘being’.  The potential may

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30/09/2013 News

Syria: the strategy has backfired

The Gulf states' plans to undermine Iran and Syria are in tatters. But a new relationship may now emerge

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This article was originally published by The Guardian on Sunday September 29th 2013.  What a curious turn of events: from the very brink of a

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27/09/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 13-20 Sept 2013

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On 12 September 2013, Prince Turki of Saudi Arabia addressed the Defence and Security Forum in London.  Prince Turki is known for his cool-headed analysis, and though regarded

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20/09/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 6 ­- 13 September 2013

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Syria:  Analyst Philippe Grasset surely has it right when he suggests that the Syria situation has been stabilized by the initiative to place Syria¹s chemical stocks under supervision, ­

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13/09/2013

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 30 Aug ­ – 6 September 2013

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Prospective US intervention in Syria:  The harshness of the dilemma now facing President Obama is becoming clearer (even if its resolution of it remains obscure).

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