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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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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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28/06/2014 Article

Conflict Forum’s Weekly Comment, 14-21 June

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The New Caliphate and its intersection with Middle East Geopolitics  How to read events in Iraq?  We do now have a few ‘handholds’ of understanding onto

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 6-13 June

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Iraq: The al Qae’da Schism and the Political Re-orienting of Iraq:  From ‘bin Ladenism’ to ‘Zarqawi-ism’ Let us be clear at the outset: What we are witnessing

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment, 30 May-6 June

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The sheer visibility of turnout, the resolution, and zeal with which Syrians voted in Syria’s Presidential elections have both taken western audiences by surprise, and

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28/06/2014 Article

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 23-30 May

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Managing the Void What to make of Obama’s foreign policy speech at West Point?  At the more prosaic level, the White House has been briefing

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26/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 16 – 23 May 2014

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Are we heading towards a hot ‘summer of discontent’?  It seems so. The geo-strategic political situation certainly has its needle wavering towards escalating tensions, and

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25/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 9 – 16 May 2014

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It seems set for escalation towards another round of sanctions on Russia:  The ‘round table’ talks in Kiev bore no fruit.  But rather, as we see

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