ABOUT


The Conflict Archives is a start-up website designed to provide readers with engaging and well-researched articles, news and stories from war and conflict zones across various regions. The website began as a travel blog designed to record a young man's travelling across various regions of the world between 2013 and 2014. Since then it has been transformed into a website dedicated to producing articles, opinions and news on conflict and geopolitics. 

A start-up digital news portal, theconflictarchives.com aims to provide readers with objective, engaging content supported by in-depth analysis and research of relevant conflict zones across the globe.

The Conflict Archives articles have ranged from war, civil war, causes of conflict and geopolitics to the impact of genocide and ethnic cleansing. It addresses challenges and solutions to ongoing issues in the international theatre regarding cultural engagement and combating extremism. While the website's core focus has been on Middle Eastern and African conflict, it aims to address geopolitical issues across the globe as it expands.


VISION


10 November 2015: Kurdish female troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces stand in a forward operating base overlooking the frontline near the Isis-held town of Hole (Getty Images)

10 November 2015: Kurdish female troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces stand in a forward operating base overlooking the frontline near the Isis-held town of Hole (Getty Images)


Dear Reader, 

My name is Matthew Williams. I am the first writer on The Conflict Archives project. While The Conflict Archives is currently limited to covering conflict, security and development issues in the Middle East and Africa, the platform's name emphasises where we aim to go; to cover human conflict across the globe.  

Every conflict is important, every war zone carries weight and consequence and every person's story in war carries gravity and experiences from which we can learn. Whatever the conflict, the nature of war is permanent in the horrors it creates. However its dynamics are quickly changing as our 21st century world delivers a variety of volatile and unpredictable challenges.

Some of these challenges are unprecedented such as globalisation, environmental change, technological revolution, cyber warfare, food and water scarcity, the exhaustion of natural resources, mass migration, hyper-terrorism, mass-security and vast inequalities surrounding income and wealth. Many of these contemporary challenges are threatening to re-open and exacerbate man's darker conventions and impulses such as xenophobia, discrimination, racism, ethnic and genocide violence, the proliferation of nuclear and biological weapons, political upheaval, miseducation, destabilising regional conflicts, and a surge in arms races across unstable regions such the Middle East and Central Asia. 

In the unprecedented age of information and mass-media, debate has become increasingly polarised by tribalist politics, disinformation and twisted truths. The dramatic changes in how we obtain information has also galvanised damaging narratives, ideologies and stereotypes while suffocating and distorting clear political, social and economic discussions. Such a world which is tightly woven together by technology, social media and the Internet, is not just a hallmark of human advancement, but of the disorder which frequently follows dramatic changes in our political and economic systems.  

Authenticity, rigorous self-criticism, history, logic and reason, and combining old and new ideas carries greater significance than ever in facing the conflicts of our generation, many of planetary significance and consequence. 

The Conflict Archives and its partners seek out writers and readers from across the world who wish to reinvigorate how we present and think about our world, the wars and conflicts of our time and the historical changes shaping our future. The Conflict Archives does not seek to solve the world's problems with sweeping gestures and actions. It does not seeks to just educate, but to learn and absorb different perspectives and new ideas, it aims to be practical, it aims for a willingness to change things that do not work and it strives to encourage thinking outside the box. Our project emphasises problem solving, cooperative approaches and above all clear and fair research and analysis. 

Thank you, 

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Matthew Williams


PARTNERS


Osservatorio Mashrek is a specialised information platform focused on major issues relating to the Middle East and Central Asia regions. Designed and run by Nino Orto, with the help of journalists, industry experts, as well as entries in the field, Osservatorio Mashrek aims to provide the reader with new interpretations about the events involving the Arab-Muslim world. Honesty , objectivity , transparency, and field presence are the characteristics that distinguish them as well as a multi-layered approach that seeks to analyse geopolitical and geo-strategic events and developments from different points of view. In a world of information which increasingly politicised and fragmented, where news becomes opinion rather than fact, Osservatorio Mashrek stands as a non-political platform which aims to inform rather than convert the reader.