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
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
Donal J Trump has done it! Despite his hate speeches, his treatment of women and his view on others faiths and colour of skins etc., He is the new leader of the ‘free world’. He won by a significant lead, reflecting how majority of American people think today! His selection to the presidency is not […]PublishedNovember 9th, 2016 Author Legacy
Earlier this year, IISA published an Annual Strategic Brief as part of the ‘Ibn Khaldun’ paper series (http://iisa.org.uk/ibn-khaldun-paper-series/2016/06/annual-strategic-brief-2016-geopolitics-in-the-middle-east/) focusing on geopolitics in the Middle East. Our main argument was that the state of conflicts and geopolitics in the Middle East is much more complex than conventionally thought, and comprises ‘internal’ and ‘external’ struggles. Internal struggle […]PublishedOctober 6th, 2016 Author Legacy
The AU has announced a cessation of its 22,000 strong peacekeeping mission currently operating in Somalia by the end of 2017. The decision was accelerated in August by a 20 per cent financial cut in sponsorship from the European Union, which forced the Ugandan government, AMISOM’s largest military contingent to initiate a unilateral withdrawal […]PublishedSeptember 26th, 2016 Author Legacy
Earlier this year, the Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs (IISA) published its Annual Strategic Brief, as part of the IISA Ibn Khaldun paper series, focusing on geopolitics in the Middle East. Our main argument was that state of conflicts and geopolitics in the Middle East is much more complex than conventionally thought, and comprises of […]PublishedSeptember 8th, 2016 Author Legacy
The failed coup in Turkey is an extremely important phenomenon in modern Middle Eastern history and its aftermath will be felt both regionally and globally. While the world looks at Erdogan and the counter-coup movement (which have intensified after Wikileaks has publish its documents), the impact on modern Middle Eastern conflicts is not yet a […]PublishedJuly 21st, 2016 Author Legacy
In the past two week the Islamic state (IS) has carried out or inspired spate of bombings across the Islamic world and recently in the west. These include the most powerful (in terms of causalities and fatalities) i.e. Iraq, most brutal (i.e. in Bangladesh) the most unexpected (i.e. in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the holy […]PublishedJuly 13th, 2016 Author Legacy
The killing of Mullah Mansour comes at a crucial time in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This crucial period is characterised by factors on both the state and non-state level. On the state level, the peace process, supported by Pakistan, China and US has stagnated, the Afghan government remains weak and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan […]PublishedJune 9th, 2016 Author Legacy
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