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
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
By Gabi Howell Turkey: The Mosul Operation’s coalition forces are being pestered by the new dispute between Iraq and Turkey. The mounting tension originated from the Turkish decision to continue to leave troops stationed in Iraq until the threat of ISIS has been completely destroyed. In turn the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared Turkey […]PublishedOctober 23rd, 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
Turkey will complete the construction of a 900-km (560-mile) wall along the Syrian border within 5 months, an official at a Turkish state institution has revealed. By the end of February, the country seeks to complete the construction of a 3m (10ft) high and 2m (6.5ft) wide concrete wall made up of seven-tonne portable blocks topped with […]PublishedSeptember 30th, 2016 Author Legacy
On the evening of 15 July, 2016, reports of armed clashes in Ankara and Istanbul dominated global news coverage as a group of military officers attempted to seize power from the government headed by President Erdogan. This operation sought to secure sites of information dissemination and restrict movement through the country, but ultimately failed in […]PublishedSeptember 15th, 2016 Author Legacy
On September 7th, UNICEF released a new report “Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children” reflecting on the growing crisis for refugee and migrant children and presenting data on the lives and situation of millions of children and families affected by violent conflict. The agency points out that across the globe nearly 50 […]PublishedSeptember 12th, 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
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