38 episodes

An ex-Al Qaeda jihadi turned MI6 spy and a former monk turned filmmaker, have been embedded at the heart of conflicts in the Middle East. Together Aimen Dean and Thomas Small unpack the realities of war, fundamentalism and their global implications through first-hand experience.

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An ex-Al Qaeda jihadi turned MI6 spy and a former monk turned filmmaker, have been embedded at the heart of conflicts in the Middle East. Together Aimen Dean and Thomas Small unpack the realities of war, fundamentalism and their global implications through first-hand experience.

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    Petrostates of the World, Unite!

    Petrostates of the World, Unite!

    In this episode, Aimen and Thomas talk about one of the many governing institutions which arose out of the wreckage of the old imperial and colonial world, and which still underpins the way the world functions today: OPEC. The only great governing institution founded and run by statesmen outside the Western corridors of power, since its founding in 1960, OPEC has played a big role in every major geopolitical event since its founding in 1960. War, terrorism, kidnappings, assassinations, and an ever-present threat to the global economy—the story of OPEC has it all!

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Lebanon: Failed Narco-Terrorist State?

    Lebanon: Failed Narco-Terrorist State?

    Circling back to the Arab world after a brief excursus further afield, this episode of Conflicted takes up the themes of sectarian strife and political radicalism and applies them to the country that has perhaps been most affected by the Clash of Civilizations: Lebanon. What is Lebanon? Who are the Lebanese? Why did the country crack up in 1975? Answering these questions and more, the episode climaxes with what must be the fastest, most breathless description of the Lebanese Civil War ever attempted!

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Turkquake!

    Turkquake!

    Having flitted around the edges of the Ottoman Empire for most of this season, now we’re going straight to the jugular: the heart of that empire, the city of Istanbul (or Constantinople, if you prefer). In this episode of Conflicted, we tell the thrilling story of the epic historic conflict between two peoples, Turks and Greeks, practising two faiths, Islam and Orthodox Christianity, a conflict still manifest today, most painfully on the divided island of Cyprus. The invasion of Cyprus by Turkish troops in 1974 was yet another egg in the face of the declining British empire, one of the defining events of the Cold War period, and a living witness to the ongoing clash of civilizations in the Middle East.

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    • 59 min
    Subcontinental Rift

    Subcontinental Rift

    From the Arab world, we now journey eastward to the Indian Subcontinent. Ancient, vast, and spiritually rich, the lands that comprise the nation-states of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh underwent one of the great traumas of the 20th century: the end of British rule and the Partition of the Raj. In this episode, we’ll tell this story, which includes a panoply of immense political personalities—Gandhi, Nehru, Jinnah—and which reverberates down to the present day in the ongoing crisis over the Himalayan province of Kashmir.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Gaddafi: The Arab Madman Cometh

    Gaddafi: The Arab Madman Cometh

    Now that we’ve told the story of the rise and fall of Nasserism, we turn to Libya and its handsome and charismatic dictator, Col. Muammar Gaddafi. Believing himself to have inherited Nasser’s mantle of Arab leadership, Gaddafi’s brazen narcissistic insanity is the stuff of legend, and Aimen’s got a caravan-load of funny anecdotes to illustrate just how nuts he was. But more seriously, Gaddafi symbolizes the tragic turn toward unhinged dictatorship which much of the Arab world underwent in the second half of the Cold War. Gaddafi, Assad, Saleh, Mubarak, Ben Ali, and of course Saddam Hussein—they all stalked the Middle East like undead zombies of Nasser, a nightmare from which the Arab world is still recovering.

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Arab-Israeli Blitzkrieg

    Arab-Israeli Blitzkrieg

    We’ve finally reached the climax of the Cold War in the Middle East: the 6-Day War of 1967 and its dramatic sequel, the Yom Kippur War of 1973. The outcomes of both wars are well known; less so the political machinations leading up to them. We’ll do our best to take you behind the scenes of the corridors of power and into the minds of Arab and Israeli leaders. No one wanted war, yet war arrived. Why? These two wars were transformative: Nasserism was out and radicalism was in, and in the ongoing clash of civilisations in the Middle East, a new and improved player emerged from the wreckage of war: radical Islamism.

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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
822 Ratings

822 Ratings

hellen rojo ,

Don’t miss!

Fascinating and informative. If you’ve struggled to understand the conflicts of the Middle East and the histories behind them, this is the podcast that really fills in the gaps

GeeksCornerUk ,

Informing and excellently produced

I have just listening to season 3 as I like to listen to this more than once a week, the first two seasons were informative and season 3 has not disappointed so far.

Shuck5 ,

Lybia

Another highly interesting episode. I remember when Gadaffi agreed to give up his nuclear program, thinking to myself that he must be mad to trust that the West wouldn’t then plot his demise. The chaos & violence that is Lybia since Gadaffi isn’t simply his legacy, but the consequence of conscious & continued western intervention to make sure another Arab country becomes & remains ungovernable. Small wonder North Korea’s Kim doesn’t want to give up his nukes & Iran (surrounded by countries with access to nukes) wants them.

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