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  • 2017-06-07: Project leader Prof. Isak Svensson has contributed with a timely and insightful article for the online magazine Mänsklig Säkerhet, titled "Efter IS". As the Islamic State (IS) is increasingly pushed back in the Middle East, Prof. Svensson calls for the need for a discussion on how to build sustainable peace in the region, so that this form of transnational militant Islamism does not reappear in new forms. Military solutions are not enough, he notes. Check it out at Efter ISMänsklig Säkerhet. Note that the article is in Swedish.
  • 2017-05-27: Project leader Prof. Isak Svensson recently contributed with an interesting and timely analysis for Utrikesmagasinet, in which he notes that political Islamism as a democratic project may be in decline, and exemplifies with developments in Egypt, Indonesia, and Turkey. He argues that the international community needs a two-fold strategy to overcome militant Islamism: promote democratic openness in autocratic states and demonstrate to leaders of political Islamism that they need to accept the culture and rules of democracy. Tvådelad strategi behövs mot militant islamism, Utrikesmagasinet. (In Swedish.)
  • 2017-04-13: Project leader Prof. Isak Svensson visited Swedish radio on 13 April to talk about the attack in Stockholm, Sweden, on 7 April 2017, in which four people were killed and several injured as a man drove a hijacked truck into crowds of people on the city's main shopping street. Lyckas terroristerna splittra oss? Sveriges Radio P1. (In Swedish)
  • 2016-11-11: “Religious conflicts are seemingly difficult to solve using standard measures such as peace agreements and mediation. We want to know why and which methods are needed to solve those conflicts.” Dr. Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs, Head of Research at the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), is interviewed about the research project “Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace”. Dr. Söderberg Kovacs is part of the Core Group in the project. An expert on peace processes and conflict resolution, she calls for new ways of thinking to make peace with jihadist and militant Islamist groups. “You can find local military leaders of those groups willing to negotiate, local leaders who are not as radical as the top leaders. Maybe a number of small, local peace processes can help undermine an entire movement. You put military pressure on the group, and then you offer local leaders a way out through negotiations. I think we have to be creative in order to find solutions to these conflicts.” Searching for solutions to the wars of our time, FBA. A Swedish version of the interview can be accessed on this link: https://fba.se/press/nyhetsarkiv/2016/mimmi-soker-losningen-pa-var-tids-krig/. 
  • 2016-10-27: Read project leader Prof. Isak Svensson's article in Svenska Dagbladet, where he retells and reflects upon an essay by Prof. Mark Juergensmeyer in The Cairo Review of International Affairs. In his essay, Prof. Juergensmeyer - a well-known American scholar of sociology and religious studies - argues that the Islamic State (IS) must be seen not as one movement, but rather as three: IS is simultaenously a movement for Sunni Muslim empowerment, an apocalypctic cult, and a global jihadi movement. Each follows its own dynamics, and IS may live on through one or more of the three manifestations even if (or when) it falls as a state-building project. With the military offensive against IS in Mosul currently underway, Slutet för IS början på nya spänningar by Prof. Svensson is an important read for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of IS and the challenges that lie ahead. The article is in Swedish. For the original essay by Prof. Juergensmeyer, please visit the following link: How ISIS Will End
  • 2016-09-16: Project leader Prof. Isak Svensson and project co-worker Daniel Finnbogason reflect on the rise of trans-jihadist armed conflicts, seen in the latest data on organized violence and armed conflict produced by the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP). Svensson and Finnbogason argue for the need to see beyond global narratives and understand the real underlying causes of conflict. This might pave the way for effective political processes to find long-term solutions to the problem of trans-jihadist conflicts. Jihadism utan gränser by Isak Svensson and Daniel Finnbogason in Mänsklig Säkerhet.
  • 2016-08-22: Core Group member Professor Mark Juergensmeyer's article "How ISIS Will End" was recently published in the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. In it he makes an important analytical contribution to the study of ISIS as a coalition of three different types of movements, and offers an interesting reflection on how ISIS will end and what may come in its place. How ISIS Will End by Mark Juergensmeyer in the Cairo review of Global Affairs.
  • 2016-07-15: What did ISIS have to do with Nice? Core Group member Professor Mark Juergensmeyer offers an interesting reflection on the proposed ISIS connection to the recent deadly lorry attack in Nice, France, and the practice of “branding”. His piece was published in Religion Dispatches, an online magazine for writings on critical and timely issues at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture. What did ISIS have to do with Nice? by Mark Juergensmeyer in Religion Dispatches.
  • 2016-07-14: Over the long-term perspective, the world has become more peaceful. Yet the last couple of years have seen an increase in the number and lethality of armed conflict. A growing proportion of these conflicts are, in turn, driven by religion and, in particular, violent jihadism. Can this development be reversed, and if so, how? Listen to project leader Professor Isak Svensson's discussion with Henrik Höjer at Forskning & Framsteg. Allt fler konflikter i världen drivs av religion. Hur vänder vi utvecklingen? by Henrik Höjer. In Swedish.
  • 2016-06-21: Daniel Finnbogason, research assistant in "Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace", writes about the Philippine peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and how it may be affected by the new presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. Nya förhoppningar om fred i Filippinerna? by Daniel Finnbogason in Mänsklig Säkerhet. In Swedish.
  • 2016-06-20: Project leader Professor Isak Svensson lists ten conclusions that cannot be drawn from the observed increase in jihadist armed conflicts compared to other types of internal armed conflicts. Svensson's article is in response to new data, highlighted in Swedish media, from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) and studies within "Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace" showing that a majority of all battle-related deaths in 2015 occurred in jihadist armed conflicts. 10 slutsatser man INTE kan dra av data på religiösa konflikter by Isak Svensson in Mänsklig Säkerhet. In Swedish.
  • 2016-06-14: Swedish media report new data coming from the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) and studies within "Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace", showing that a majority of all fatalities in battle-related violence in 2015 occurred in jihadist armed conflicts. The new basis for war: Jihadism by Anders Bolling in Dagens Nyheter.
  • 2016-04-21: ”It is about both identifying what distinguishes jihadist conflicts from other conflicts, and trying to understand what makes them difficult to resolve.” Project leader, Professor Isak Svensson and Core Group member, Associate Professor Desirée Nilsson are interviewed in “Perspektiv” about the research project “Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace”. Vägen till fred i jihadistkonflikter. In Swedish.
  • 2016-03-09: Discussions on how conflicts involving the Islamic State should be managed often revolve around bombs and military means. However, studies have shown that non-violent strategies are often more effective. Listen to Professor Isak Svensson on Swedish Radio. In Swedish. 
  • 2016-03-02: In his latest article for Internet magazine Mänsklig Säkerhet, Professor Isak Svensson states that understanding the role of religion is central to explaining peace, war, and the international system of today. Yet, we must not exaggerate or underestimate the effects of religion. Problemet är inte Gud – det är personalen. In Swedish. 
  • 2016-02-22: “You cannot bomb to death an idea – that is the basic problem.” In Henrik Höjer’s article, Professor Isak Svensson is interviewed about the rise in religious conflicts in general, and jihadist conflicts in particular, and its implications. Man kan inte bomba bort en idé by Henrik Höjer in Forskning & Framsteg.
  • 2016-01-29: Professor Isak Svensson is interviewed about the research project ”Resolving Jihadist Conflicts? Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace”. Fredsförhandlingar med religiösa fundamentalister – går det? In Swedish.
  • 2016-01-18: Listen to Professor Isak Svensson talk about the research project on Swedish television on 18 January 2016. In Swedish
  • 2016-01-04: Professor Isak Svensson on the prospects for peaceful conflict resolution of Jihadist armed conflicts. Sveriges Radio P1, Vetenskapsradion Forum: Att döda i Guds namn. 4 january 2016. In Swedish. 
  • 2015-11-25: Professor Isak Svensson appears on Swedish radio on 25 November 2015 to talk about the research project.Sveriges Radio P1, Människor och tro: Storsatsning på forskning ska ge svar på hur jihadistkonflikter kan lösas. In Swedish.
  • 2015-05-13: Why are religious wars so difficult to resolve? In his article for the Internet-based magazine Mänsklig Säkerhet, Professor Isak Svensson points to the effects of internationalization. Varför är religösa krig så svåra att lösa? In Swedish.

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As the Islamic State (IS) is being increasingly pushed back in the Middle East, Prof. Svensson argues for the need for a discussion on how to build sustainable peace in the region. Efter IS, Mänsklig Säkerhet, 7 June 2017. (In Swedish.)  

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Prof. Svensson on the decline of political Islamism and what the international community needs to do to overcome militant Islamism. Tvådelad strategi behövs mot militant islamism, Utrikesmagasinet, 27 May 2017. (In Swedish.)

Project leader Prof. Isak Svensson on Swedish radio talking about the deadly attack in central Stockholm on 7 April 2017. Lyckas terroristerna splittra oss? Sveriges Radio P1, 13 April 2017. (In Swedish.)

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