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The Funding of Terrorism (Part IV) – A Trust Deficit is Undermining the Investigation of Terrorist Financing across MENA

August 9, 2019

by Jack Watling 10 August 2019   The Kingdom of Bahrain sentenced 139 people to prison in April 2019, alleging they were part of a terrorist cell, which the authorities refer to as ‘Bahraini Hezbollah’. The charges in the mass trial ranged from plotting to conduct attacks and the smuggling of arms, to terrorist financing. … Continue reading “The Funding of Terrorism (Part IV) – A Trust Deficit is Undermining the Investigation of Terrorist Financing across MENA”


The Funding of Terrorism (Part II) – Terrorist Financing Hidden among Commercial Ties: Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah

August 5, 2019

by Vanessa Neumann 6 August 2019   Venezuela, my country, is dying. Money has become worthless and we now face the biggest humanitarian disaster ever seen in the Western Hemisphere as the exodus will surpass Syria’s in 2020. The country is projected to lose a third of its population. One in three, and that number … Continue reading “The Funding of Terrorism (Part II) – Terrorist Financing Hidden among Commercial Ties: Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah”


How might Europe react to Trump’s Iran Deal policy?

October 26, 2017

By Lélia Rousselet and Jackson Webster   The Iran Deal – former American President Barack Obama’s defining diplomatic accomplishment – may soon be coming to an end. The “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” (JCPOA) was signed in July 2015 and marked the end of eight years of intense multilateral diplomatic efforts, conducted by the Permanent Members … Continue reading “How might Europe react to Trump’s Iran Deal policy?”


Strife Feature | Sunni-Shia Conflicts: From A Trick To A Reality

September 16, 2017

By Guillaume Beaud Most Western observers analyse a vast majority of Middle-Eastern upheavals as a Sunni-Shia conflict. Increasingly mobilized since the King of Jordan Abdullah II warned about a “Shia Crescent” in 2003 after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. Syria, Yemen and the tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia quickly fell into … Continue reading “Strife Feature | Sunni-Shia Conflicts: From A Trick To A Reality”


Strife Series | Complicated relationships #2 – The Safavid Empire and the historical backdrop of Sunni-Shia relations

August 29, 2017

By Faruk Rahmanovic The role of the Safavid Empire in understanding Sunni-Shia relations cannot be overstated. Lasting from 1501 to 1722, the Safavid Empire was born in modern-day Iran,[1] just as the political situation in the Middle East began to stabilize after nearly 400 years of various foreign invasions.[2] The remnants of political chaos left … Continue reading “Strife Series | Complicated relationships #2 – The Safavid Empire and the historical backdrop of Sunni-Shia relations”


Film Review: Zero Days (2016)

September 21, 2016

Gibney, A. Zero Days, Jigsaw Productions, (2016). (PG-13) More information from: http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt5446858/. By: Cheng Lai Ki “The science fiction cyberwar scenario is here…” This statement comes from members of the United States National Security Agency (NSA), and others in the intelligence community, role-played by actress Joanne Tucker. Zero Days, directed and narrated by documentarian Alex Gibney … Continue reading “Film Review: Zero Days (2016)”


A ‘Second Hezbollah’: The strategic value of Iran’s proxy warfare policy in Syria

April 13, 2016

By: Robert Andrea Throughout the past thirty years, Iran has arguably been the world’s foremost expert in the use of so-called ‘proxy’ warfare as a tool of statecraft. Whether in Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, or Iraq, Tehran has displayed a degree of discipline about its use of ‘proxy’ sponsorship hitherto unmatched by few, if any, other … Continue reading “A ‘Second Hezbollah’: The strategic value of Iran’s proxy warfare policy in Syria”


PROXY Capabilities – Proliferation and Patronage: UAV Diffusion as a New Form of Proxy

April 6, 2016

This is the third of a series of articles we will be featuring on Strife in the coming week looking at the role of Proxy Warfare in the 21st century by Series Editor Cheng Lai Ki. Previous articles in the series can be found here. By: Rian Whitton Though having existed for most of the twentieth century, … Continue reading “PROXY Capabilities – Proliferation and Patronage: UAV Diffusion as a New Form of Proxy”


Why is Saudi Arabia Helping Iran’s Hardliners?

January 21, 2016

By: Alexander Decina There is an abundance of Middle East analysts and experts drawn to the idea of eternal conflicts. After the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, they learned the words “Sunni” and “Shia” and decided that this “1,400 year-old fight” is the defining conflict in the Middle East, disregarding the nuance of the important issues … Continue reading “Why is Saudi Arabia Helping Iran’s Hardliners?”


An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border

May 22, 2015

By Sebastian Maier: When the Israeli Air Force on 12 January 2015 allegedly carried out a sortie against a Hezbollah military convoy in the south western Syrian district of Quneitra, news spread quickly that among the victims was a prominent figure of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force special unit, General Allah Dadi. The purported … Continue reading “An elusive stalemate: Israel and Hezbollah along the tri-border”


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