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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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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.

    Conflicted Community: Karim Sadjadpour Interview Pt.1 – Iran’s Global Strategy

    Conflicted Community: Karim Sadjadpour Interview Pt.1 – Iran’s Global Strategy

    Iran is rarely out of the news at the moment: from the death of President Raisi (which we covered in our last Conflicted Community episode), to the rumours of Supreme Leader Khamenei’s illness, and with unrest inside the country ever present, it feels like a country at the precipice. So this week, we again look to Persia to make sense of what Iran’s global strategy actually is.

    And this week, in a Conflicted Community first, we welcome a guest onto the show to help Thomas and Aimen on their way. Karim Sadjadpour is an Iranian-American who has focused on Iranian foreign policy and the region’s geopolitics throughout his career. After spending time in Iran (and evading arrest), he is now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a contributing writer at the Atlantic and the New York Times, as well as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

    In our first of two episodes with Karim, we discuss Iran’s global strategy towards foreign policy, how it intersects with the new multipolar world, and what they actually get from their axis with Russia and China. This first part is going out to all Conflicted listeners, but part two (coming out tomorrow on June 13th) is exclusively for Conflicted Community subscribers.

    To listen to part two, you’ll need to subscribe to the Conflicted Community, where you will get bonus episodes like this one, alongside many other benefits, including our Conflicted Community chatroom, where you can interact with fellow dearest listeners, discuss episodes past and future, get exclusive messages from Thomas and Aimen, ask future Q&A questions and so much more.

    All the information you need to sign up is on this link: https://conflicted.supportingcast.fm/ 

    And finally: Conflicted Season 5 is coming soon on July 17th! Watch this space for more information…

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    • 48 min
    Conflicted Community: Who Killed the Iranian President?

    Conflicted Community: Who Killed the Iranian President?

    Enjoy another clip from a new episode for our Conflicted Community! 
    This week, Thomas and Aimen discuss the life and times of Iran’s President Raisi – ‘ The Butcher of Tehran’ – as well as doing a deep dive on the fascinating relationship between Iran and Azerbaijan, before Aimen gives us some intel on how Raisi might have died…
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    • 8 min
    Conflicted Community: Q&A - From the intricacies of Middle Eastern Diplomacy to... Eurovision?

    Conflicted Community: Q&A - From the intricacies of Middle Eastern Diplomacy to... Eurovision?

    Enjoy a clip from the first exclusive Q&A episode for our Conflicted Community! Thanks so much to our supporters for sending in all these brilliant questions on our Discord chatroom.
    This week, Thomas and Aimen answer your burning questions, from Eurovision to Qatar, visiting corners of the world they’ve not touched on before… 

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    • 6 min
    Bonus Content: Aimen gives evidence in Parliament

    Bonus Content: Aimen gives evidence in Parliament

    Thomas introduces a whole hour of extra content, as Aimen gives evidence to the Foreign Affair Committee in the UK Parliament. To hear more about this trip to the palace of Westminster, as well as other bonus content, sign up to the Conflicted Community!
    Members also get access to our chatroom on Discord, where you can engage in riveting post-episode debates, and ask questions for upcoming exclusive Q&A episodes.
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Conflicted Community: Jihadis for Hire

    Conflicted Community: Jihadis for Hire

    The second episode for our Conflicted Community is here! 

    This bonus episode is the final one going out to all of our dear listeners on this feed, so to keep listening, you’ll need to subscribe. Subscribers can also join our Conflicted Community chatroom on Discord, which is already brimming with conversation and analysis.

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    For our second episode, Thomas and Aimen are returning to their bread and butter: jihadi terrorism. The attacks on a Moscow concert hall in March 2024, carried out by ISIS Khorasan Province, have revealed the return of a kind of terror not witnessed for a few years. But there’s a difference: could they have been jihadi mercenaries? Are they in fact jihadis for hire? Thomas and Aimen discuss how Afghanistan has once again become a hotbed of terror, and what this all means for the country and the rest of the world.

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    • 54 min
    Conflicted Community: The Gaza War – What Are Both Sides Thinking?

    Conflicted Community: The Gaza War – What Are Both Sides Thinking?

    Welcome to the first episode for our Conflicted Community! 
    We’ll be coming to you every two weeks with interactive episodes for our subscribers. We’re giving the first couple of episodes out for all of our dear listeners, but to keep listening, you’ll need to subscribe. And don’t forget, subscribers can also join our Conflicted Community chatroom on Discord, to discuss everything you hear, and so much more.
    All the information you need to sign up is on this link: https://conflicted.supportingcast.fm/ 
    In our first Conflicted Community episode, Thomas and Aimen discuss the unavoidable topic of war in Israel and Gaza, giving you an update on where things stand, what they’ve been hearing about the Hamas leadership and the threats posed by Iran and the wider axis of resistance. They also dig deep into Netanyahu and the ways in which Israel is prosecuting the war – does it legally constitute ethnic cleansing? Even a genocide?
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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
379 Ratings

379 Ratings

Dollymama85 ,

Riveting

I started listening shortly after the events on October 7 2023. I have always searched for a “neutral source” to help explain the simmering molten lava that is the Middle East. I did not want to listen to more of the same garbage we’ve been fed over the decades. What grabbed my interest in this podcast was the absolute willingness to delve into history, without being beholden to “political correctness”. A frank discussion is desperately needed this day and age. The hosts, and their experiences, are so spellbinding. I am recommending this to everyone I know, and so far they have not been disappointed.

2PsInAPodcast ,

Subject Matter Experts

Don’t listen to the weirdo pro-Hamas reviews, this podcast is educational and insightful if you’re willing to accept factual information. Devastated it’s going to be behind a paywall now.

Badly worded ,

Aimen has turn into a monster

I honestly been listening to this podcast for years. I have accepted that I do not always agree with the host view of the situation. I often disagreed but still appreciated their willingness to engage with each other and their audience.

During the last few months, Aimen has turned into a true monster. Spouting awful tweets and speaking unforgivably about the conflict.

He should have just stayed in Al-Qaeda. He would have done less damage.

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