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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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18/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 2 – 9 May 2014

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Professor Stephen Walt noted somewhat wryly in a recent article that perhaps one of Bill Clinton’s worst predictions consisted in 1992 remark, in which he said, “in a world

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10/05/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 25 April – 2 May 2014

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Following five days in Moscow, a few thoughts on Russian perspectives:  Firstly, we are beyond the Crimea. That is over. We too are beyond ‘loose’ federalism for Ukraine

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25/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 11 – 18 April 2014

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It is a “melancholy perspective indeed”, writes Yezid Sayigh of the Carnegie Middle East Centre. “But the time when Assad might have been defeated by a truly inept opposition

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18/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 4 – 11 April 2014

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In the sense that the outcome to P5+1 negotiations with Iran will mark a key inflection point for the Middle East – one way or

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13/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 28 March – 4 April 2014

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We noted last week that President Obama’s key Middle East foreign policy issues had turned suddenly sour – on the eve of President Obama and

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05/04/2014

Conflicts Forum’s Weekly Comment 21 – 28 March 2014

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It has been a week in which President Obama’s foreign policy initiatives have turned sour; and to make it worse, they seem all to have

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