The Conflict Archives is a platform created to showcase work focused on conflict, insurgency and politics across the globe including the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Central America. The website is a collection of news, articles, insights and analyses supported by in-depth analysis and research of contemporary conflict zones by several writers, journalists, academics and contributors since May 2013. Over 190 articles have been written and several interviews have been conducted and published within this website.
Editor of the website, Matthew has done freelance writing and journalism in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Lebanon and the post-conflict Balkans. He has also worked for several human rights and charity organisations including Amnesty International, Aegis Trust, Protection Approaches, Action Against Hunger and STAND. Matthew has had his work published by several papers and blogs including The Times and Osservatorio Mashrek, and Strife and has interviewed several academics, activists, government officials and refugees on crises in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. He has published over 130 news, articles, essays, reviews and insights on The Conflict Archives. Between 2013-2014 his initial blogs were focused on genocide and violence in Central Africa including Rwanda, DR Congo and the Central African Republic. Since then his work is now centred on conflict in the Greater Middle East and North Africa particularly the civil war in Syria and the Iraq War. He has also previously written and covered conflict and violence in Libya, Israel, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Yemen, Afghanistan as well as the rise and fall of Islamic State (2013 - 2017) and acts of terrorism in Europe and the Middle East. He is writing The Syrian Nakba which is his first draft for a book.
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CONTRIBUTORS TO WEBSITE (2013 - 2019)
Mr. Orto is a journalist dedicated to the Greater Middle East and a specialist on Syria, Iraq and Salafist-jihādist groups operating across the region. He works for several Italian newspapers and has a range of rich experiences covering the dynamics of the region from covering the aftermath of the historic Tunisian revolution to analysing politics and society during his time in countries such as Syria, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and the Palestinian Territories throughout his extended career. Having studied journalism and international relations at The University of Rome and University LUISS Guido Carli, Mr. Orto also wrote the book ‘Business, Lead, Dollars: The privatisation of the Iraq War’ which investigated the privatisation of war in Iraq during the American occupation of the country between 2003 and 2011. He is the founder and chief editor of Osservatorio Mashrek, a platform which conducts in-depth analysis of geo-politics and conflict across the Middle East and North Africa.
Demian Vokši is a Croatian freelance journalist and a student. He has four years of experience in writing for a number of Croatian independent and non-profit media outlets on a range of topics related to the Middle East and human rights, and has reported from Lebanon on the Hariri crisis with Saudi Arabia. As a student, he is currently enrolled in a Masters program at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, Sweden. Among his various interests are topics concerning the geopolitics of the Levant, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, the role of identity in foreign policy decision-making, as well as the question of influence of non-state actors in the international relations in the Middle East.
Orwa Ajjoub graduated from Lund University with a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies in 2018. In his thesis, Orwa looked at the theological aspect of the split between Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS in 2013. Although his interest has been mainly focused on Salafi-Jihadi groups in the Middle East, Orwa wrote some articles about the Syrian society during the war and particularly about Syrian LGBTQ in Europe. He was published on different media website such as Syria Deeply, The Huffington Post and World Policy. During the last two years, Orwa has participated in two academic conferences where he discussed Al-Qaeda’s presence in Syria. Currently he works as a freelance translator and journalist.
Elizabeth is an Oxford graduate and multi-lingual international development specialist with four years professional experience, one of which was abroad. She has worked with multiple non-government organisations in the aid sector and the refugee crisis including Amnesty International, Engineers Against Poverty, Elpida Home and Safe Passage UK.
Tim is a Peace Corps Secondary Education English Teacher in Benin. His interests centre around the reduction of global poverty, human rights, and advocacy. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and was a past National Policy Coordinator for STAND: The Student-led Movement to End Mass Atrocities.