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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Panel discussion \ “Violent actors in conflicts”

On 5 November 2018, in the Focus: “Challenges of the global community” of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn, the researchers of the peace and conflict research institute BICC (Bonn International Center for Conversion) presented the results of their fieldwork in the Middle East and South Sudan.

Fighters in Iraq-Kurdistan. Photo: BICC\C. Schlüsing

Irregular violent actors, such as militias, criminal gangs or terrorist groups increasingly play an important role in violent conflicts. On the basis of research in the field, BICC investigates, for instance,

 \         the interactions between political, armed, and civilian Kurdish actors from different nation-states in the Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey) and the influence of these networks on current conflict dynamics;

\         the role that madrassas play in Afghanistan in the mobilization of religious (violent) actors following the rise of the Jihadist Salafism of Daesh (local name for IS) which has become yet another form of violent religious extremism in the region;

The peace and conflict researchers Elke Grawert, Katja Mielke, Conrad Schetter (moderator) and Carina Schlüsing discussed networking, mobilization practices, internal chains of command and the financing of violent actors in conflicts.

The discussion took place in the focus “Challenges of the global community” of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn

Invitation Podiumsdiskussion „Gewaltakteure in Konflikten“ (pdf, in German)