The Conflict Archives is a portfolio by matthew williams showcasing work focused on conflict, insurgency and politics across the globe including the middle east, 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, students and contributors between May 2013 - July 2018. 150 Articles have been written and 10 interviews conducted and published within this portfolio. his key focus at the moment is the syrian war and the arab-israeli conflict (2018 - current).
A British aid worker for Action Against Hunger and writer, Matthew Williams started out his career working as sports editor for Nottingham University's Impact Magazine as an undergraduate. Since then he has gone on to develop crucial journalism, communication and social media skills with a variety of newspapers and non-governmental organisations including The Scottish Times, Amnesty International, Volunteer Uganda, Action Against Hunger and Elephant Family and freelancing in Israel, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. This wealth of experience, including several interviews, was boosted by the completion of a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development at King's College London in 2016 including studying modules focused on war, insurgency and occupation in the Middle East.
With the Sunni revolt over, what next for post-Saddam Iraq?
The conflict with the ISIS-led Sunni insurgency was a symptom not the cause of Iraq’s crises.
Syria's information war on social media spiralled out of control long ago.
The end of the sieges of Eastern Ghouta and Afrin mark a new phase in the Syrian War.
Syria is a global battlefield, the latest phase in a multi-generational regional war.
Most wanted list released by government in Baghdad, Iraq.
What is happening in northern Syria?
“It has become a city of ghosts, it is filled with the smell of death and blood.”
The war in Afghanistan is not about the Taleban or Al-Qa'ida anymore.
“There is no lack of Islamic militant groups here. You just haven’t heard of them yet.”
New rivalries and conflicts will ignite after the fall of Mosul.
Six ways Israel's stunning victory in 1967 reshaped the region.
Catastrophic wars, dirty politics and political strife in the West is strengthening British jihadists.
Decades ago, American military and intelligence communities did nothing to stop Saddam Hussein's chemical attacks.
Even if Mosul falls, disputes between the Shi'a, Sunni and Kurdish political and military factions will lead to Islamic State's return.
The war for Iraq and Syria will change the Greater Middle East.
Barack Obama's legacy in the Middle East will divide historians.
“The source of an Arab or Palestinian revolt will be a combination of growing nationalism, economic and social difficulties and growing resentment.”
Nino Orto speaks to ex-jihadist on UK’s internal security threats.
Hitler’s War of Annihilation
A generation gap is at the heart of an identity crisis in the Druze community in the occupied Golan, reports Nino Orto.
Returning from Bangladesh, journalist Emma Pomfret discusses the war on the Rohingya Muslims.
Famine is being used as a weapon of war in Yemen.
Israel want to fight Hizbullah – when the moment arrives – in Lebanon but not in Syria.
Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University, Professor Uzi Rabi, in exclusive for Osservatorio Mashrek.
The Silk Roads present opportunities and nightmares for post-Brexit Britain.
Dr. Ahron Bregman on Israeli-Hezbollah relations and the current tensions between the rivals in Lebanon and Syria.
What will happen to Islamic State after the recapturing of its key territories in Syria and Iraq?
Washington is playing yesterday's game in the Middle East: The new administration will only deepen the crisis.
“I have Syria in my mind and my heart, in my blood.”
Counterinsurgency and state-building in the Sinai?
“Saddam Hussein’s family has become the scapegoat of the Iraqi government for their failure to create security and stability in Iraq”
Who was responsible for the fall of Mosul?
"We are looking to Syria with concern because of the growing Iranian presence in the country."
As Islamic State's territories crumble, the conflicts in the region enter a new phase.
Did an assassination attempt on George H.W Bush in the 1990s cause the Iraq War?
Afghan human rights activist Dr. Nasimi discusses the Soviet-Afghan War, the Taleban and the refugee crisis.
Decades of persecution culminated in genocidal violence against the Yezidis.
From Tunis to Tel Aviv to Damascus, Mr. Orto discusses the Middle Eastern crisis.
Crackpots and opportunists in President Trump's government will continue the brutalisation of Western society and politics.
Following wars in 1978, 1982, 1993, 1996 and 2006, the latest confrontation between Israel and Lebanon could prove to be the bloodiest.
The hawkish visions of Syria are littered with ideas that are extremely difficult to defend.
Robert Fisk's journey into Lebanon and the horrific dynamics of civil war in the Middle East needs reading.
ISIS's threat to Europe is rooted in uncomfortable truths about its Western supporters and fighters.
Is the rise of the ISIS the catalyst for the disintegration of Iraq as a nation state?
After the conclusion of the 50-day war in 2014, the tensions continued to bubble beneath the surface in Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories.
Warlordism, sectarianism, tribalism and jihadism is becoming the new status quo in the Middle East's collapsed states.
Intervention, drone warfare, civil war and intra-jihadist conflict: How have AQAP risen to power in Yemen?
Dying for the Truth is an unfiltered, horrifying account of the fallacy of the Mexican Drug War and the conflict the international community ignored.
To understand drug trafficking is to understand modern economics. The only way the cartels can function is, contrary to popular culture, not by being an outcast in the economic system, but by being a fundamental part of it.
A thorough analysis of Los Zetas and an in-depth look at the Mexican conflict and its causes while breaking down the structure of a savage enterprise tearing the country apart.
Gangster Warlords has immersive personal stories and characters and is the perfect introduction to Latin America’s violent crime wars.
Gripping historical analysis, a careful systematic break-down of the ultra-violent Mexican TOCs tearing the country apart.
Don Luis, much like nearly every civilian in Putumayo, was not left untouched by the bloodshed in Colombia.
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CONTRIBUTORS TO WEBSITE (2013 - 2018)
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.
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.