Author: Jonathan Burden

Jonathan Burden

Although the Islamic State (IS) no longer represents an existential threat to the state of Iraq, it is still highly active and remains committed to its radical ideological goals. Reflecting…

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Jonathan Burden

Rojava, the Kurdish majority-Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, has gained de-facto recognition by both the Syrian regime and the international community. However, the stability of the polity is…

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Jonathan Burden

Between 2000 and 2011, Turkey’s relationship with Syria was a model of Turkey’s reorientation towards the Arab world and its ‘zero problems with neighbours’ foreign policy. Free trade deals were…

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Jonathan Burden

Iran projects influence across the Middle East through its network of aligned quasi-state groups, most notably in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. In cyberspace Tehran has the ability to target critical…

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Jonathan Burden

In early February, a 4x4 stopped at a gas pipeline near the town of El-Arish, capital of Egypt’s North Sinai Governorate. Four masked men, belonging to the Islamic State (IS)…

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Jonathan Burden

All the data used in this article is taken from the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), unless indicated otherwise. When President Trump announced that the US had…

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Jonathan Burden

The significance of the street level protest movement that erupted across Iraq’s center and south in 2019 may be neglected as the region grapples with the consequences of the assassination…

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