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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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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