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A way out of the war on terror by Locher, Chai
After his work for Solana, Crooke founded the London-based Conflicts Forum, an organization Â“whose principal objective it is to bring about a New Engagement between the West and Islam by challenging and changing underlying inaccurate political perceptions and by increasing comprehension of Islamists.
Alastair Crooke's ideal is to change the dominant paradigm of war as the only solution. To do so, he uses his access to the high ranks of leaders in both the Western world and the Middle East to organize Â“exercises in mutual listening,Â” in which leaders from both sides sit around one table and talk face to face, often for the first time. This film follows the ponderous quest of this remarkable man on one of his missions. It records his struggle to implement his ideals, from contacting leaders, to formulating the goals of the session, to the moment when these figures from the West and the Middle East finally sit down at one table.