From Viken To The UN: Following In The Footsteps Of Gunnar Jarring

From Viken to the UN: following in the footsteps of Gunnar Jarring

Sjöofficer från Viken är fredsmäklare i Syrien, Byaluren 2019:1. Fakta Björn Brenner Född: 3 maj 1979, uppväxt i Viken Yrke: FN-diplomat och Syrienexpert, Kommendörkapten i flottan Utbildning: Svensk och fransk marinofficersexamen, doktor i Mellanösternstudier Språk: Svenska, engelska, franska, ryska och arabiska Sidouppdrag: Ledamot av Kungl Örlogsmannasällskapet Jag träffar Björn över en kopp kaffe på Öresunds konditori. Han har just kommit från Jerusalem men är på väg till kontoret i Genève. Mellanlandning 24 timmar i Viken, sedan fortsätter resan. ”Gott om tid”, säger Björn. Björn och jag känner varandra från skoltiden och drar oss till minnes allt fint som Viken givit…

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Swedes On Diplomatic Mission To End Conflict In Syria

Swedes on diplomatic mission to end conflict in Syria

Dr Björn Brenner serves as the Military Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Björn's work on Syria as a scholar of Middle Eastern studies spans a decade - and began in 2009 as a student at Damascus University. Prior to joining the United Nations, Björn was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institut français du Proche-Orient IFPO in Amman, Jordan; where he worked closely on Islamist groups and Jordanian youth radicalisation. In Syria, Björn's studies focused on traditional mechanisms of informal justice-making and mediation in the northeast part of the country. Several articles in the news media have been…

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GAZA UNDER HAMAS Receives UK-based Book Prize

GAZA UNDER HAMAS receives UK-based book prize

THE MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES BOOK PRIZE SPONSORED BY THE BRITISH-KUWAIT FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY Dr Björn Brenner, a UN advisor and post-doctoral fellow at the Swedish Defence University, was named Runner Up to the 2018 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize, the most prestigious UK-based book award in the field of Middle Eastern Studies, administered by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies BRISMES. Dr Brenner’s book GAZA UNDER HAMAS: From Islamic democracy to Islamist governance (I.B. Tauris, 2017) was selected as one of seven finalists for this year’s prize. In 2017, GAZA UNDER HAMAS won Best academic book on Palestinian affairs at…

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Swedish Middle East Scholar Turns UN Diplomat

Swedish Middle East scholar turns UN diplomat

Dr Björn Brenner has joined the United Nations to serve as an advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Before the conflict started, Bjorn studied in Syria and stayed in Damascus, Aleppo and Raqqa for longer periods of time. During the following years, however, his research dealt mainly with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian affairs. With this UN appointment Bjorn's full focus shifts back to Syria, to serve as part of the very dedicated team of experts that supports and is led by Special Envoy Mr Staffan de Mistura. United Nations Offices in Geneva and the Office of the Special…

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