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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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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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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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