Ghettoization, Insecurity & Destabilization: the Refugee Crisis in Southeast Europe & South Caucasus This paper is the product of IISA research and HOLDS Foundation fieldwork in refugee camps/sites. By exploring both the causes of the refugee crisis — particularly post-Communist history of the Balkans and Southern Caucasus regions — and effects the crisis has had on host […]PublishedAugust 8th, 2017 Author Legacy
The Syrian Civil War has been raging for more than half a decade, and has attracted the interventions of numerous external actors from across the globe. Whether interested in promoting peace or ensuring that their preferred faction increases influence, these external actors are as important to delineating the longevity and prospects of the conflict as […]PublishedApril 20th, 2017 Author Legacy
The defeat of Geert Wilders — leader of the Dutch Partij Voor de Vrijheid (PVV) “Party for Freedom” — in the March general elections of the Netherlands was hailed as a triumph by European politicians. German Chancellor Angela Merkel commented the result ‘was a good day for democracy’, and French President François Hollande expressed the […]PublishedApril 6th, 2017 Author Legacy
Understanding the Strategic and Humanitarian Consequences of Defeating IS in Iraq Editor: Peter Mitchell Senior Advisor: Dr. Muhanad Seloom Researchers: Erkan Gursel & Tim Hulse A joint report by the Neo-Jihadism and Refugee/Border Policy Programmes at the Institute of Islamic Strategic Affairs Executive Summary: > Islamic State (IS) may lose Mosul but will remain as […]PublishedMarch 23rd, 2017 Author Legacy
There is no doubt that Trump’s incoming administration is going to drastically alter the relationship between Israel and the United States, with seemingly dire effects for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. Obama, to his credit, worked hard to highlight Israel’s illegal activity in the treatment of its Occupied Territories, culminating in an historic […]PublishedFebruary 16th, 2017 Author Legacy
When a child is forced to flee their country, their educational process is interrupted and rarely continued. In September 2016, UNHCR launched “Missing out: Refugee Education in Crisis”, a report that indicates the decline in learning opportunities when children are forced to flee their homes. The majority of the world’s refugees – 86% – are sheltered by […]PublishedJanuary 17th, 2017 Author Legacy
By Zenobia S. Homan, with Sophie Henderson and Marija Sajekaite IISA Resurgence of Russia & China Programme Photo by REUTERS/Caren Firouz, taken from http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/home.html Introduction This paper discusses how the Northern Kurdistan (Bakurê Kurdistanê) media portray the war in Syria; not just the campaign against Islamic State, but the wider civil war, and human rights. Many researchers […]PublishedDecember 14th, 2016 Author Legacy
Dadaab, the largest refugee base in the world, is set to close by May 2017. Set up in 1991 to accommodate refugees fleeing from the Somali civil war, Dadaab has been hosting refugees for over 25 years. The complex holds around 280,000 refugees, of which 260,000 are Somali. Plans to close the camp by the […]PublishedNovember 30th, 2016 Author Legacy
Over 1 million Afghan refugees have returned to their country of origin. This is the largest influx of refugees returning to Afghanistan since the Taliban regime fell in 2011. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), one-fifth of refugees returned involuntarily from neighbouring Pakistan and Iran. As security deteriorated last year, more than 200,000 Afghans […]PublishedNovember 30th, 2016 Author Legacy
Neo-Jihadism Brief no.II The Effects of Donald Trump’s Victory in Libya The shock election victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump has many in the intentional relations community questioning what this could mean for American foreign policy in the Middle East region. Regarding foreign policy in general and the Middle East in particular, Donald Trump, as […]PublishedNovember 24th, 2016 Author Legacy
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