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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Growing Salafi-Jihadism And Internal Tensions In The Gaza Strip

Growing Salafi-Jihadism and internal tensions in the Gaza Strip

ARTICLE BY BJÖRN BRENNER The latest issue of Palestine-Israel Journal features an article by Björn Brenner on the growth of Salafi-Jihadism in Gaza under Hamas. "The killing of Vittorio Arrigoni: A result of the unsustainable situation in Gaza", Palestine-Israel Journal, vol. 23, no. 1, 2018. (now out in print, soon available online as well) During the past decade of governing Gaza, Hamas has faced increased opposition from an array of firebrand Salafi-Jihadi groups. This comes as a result of Hamas's changed strategy, from armed struggle to electoral participation and domestic governance. Militants from across the Palestinian arena are disappointed with this…

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GAZA UNDER HAMAS – Best Academic Book Of The Year On Palestinian Affairs

GAZA UNDER HAMAS - Best academic book of the year on Palestinian affairs

PALESTINE BOOK AWARDS An international jury of social scientists and political experts has chosen Björn Brenner's GAZA UNDER HAMAS (I.B. Tauris, 2017) as the winner of this year's Palestine Book Awards. Björn's book won in the category Best academic book of the year. The award was shared with Laura Parsons for her book The Commander (Saqi Books, 2017). The award was presented to the author by Prof Karma Nabulsi of Oxford University. In her speech, Prof Nabulsi commended Björn for his incisive and strictly scientific analysis of an otherwise much politicised issue. PRESS RELEASE - Internationellt pris till Mellanösternforskare (in…

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Raqqa After IS/Daesh – Who Will Be The Next Rulers Of Northeastern Syria?

Raqqa after IS/Daesh - Who will be the next rulers of northeastern Syria?

ANALYSIS BY BJÖRN BRENNER Following IS/Daesh's ouster from Raqqa, new local conflict lines emerge as different actors begin to manoeuvre aspiring to gain control over the war-torn territory. Summary of analysis: ”One of the key policy analysis questions now is who will eventually take control over northeastern Syria. Will it be the SDF, Assad-loyal militias, or perhaps Turkey?" ”The SDF appears to be accentuating its partly Kurdish identity. If this continues, SDF presence in the Raqqa region will not be accepted by Turkey, neither by the Raqqans themselves who are 99 percent Sunni.” Listen to/watch the full analysis (in Swedish):…

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