CONFLICTED

CONFLICTED

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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.

Episodes

Climate Crisis

As the financial crisis moved off the front pages, activists and politicians began to organize around another global emergency: climate change. In this episode, Aimen and Thomas discuss and debate their way through the science and politics around this hot topic.If you’d like to help us develop Conflicted for future seasons, please take a few minutes to fill out our questionnaire at bit.ly/conflictedq (and maybe win a little treat!). Thank you!You can read the full transcript here: https://bit.ly/3bICS2K  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/04/2055m 47s

Wall Street

From a bomb maker to double agent to… banker? In this episode, Aimen draws on his experience helping banks combat financial terrorism as our hosts explore the 2008 Financial Crisis and its impact on the New World Order. Join the Facebook group here: http://bit.ly/37cqJAYRead the transcript here: https://bit.ly/2RoEruG  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
08/04/2058m 28s

China 3.0

From the protests in Hong Kong, to the persecution of the Uighurs and the building of the New Silk Road, this episode explores the role China has played in the New World Order. Join the FB group here: http://bit.ly/37cqJAYRead the transcript here: https://bit.ly/2xdNmYL  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25/03/201h 6m

Enter Russia

After the Iron Curtain fell, America aimed to bring Russia into the fold of their New World Order. Things didn’t go according to plan. In this episode, Thomas and Aimen discuss the rise of Putin, the Second Chechen War and Russia’s role in Syria. For more info, exclusive updates and to chat with other listeners join our Facebook discussion group: http://bit.ly/37cqJAYRead the full episode transcript here: https://bit.ly/2UQxvbG  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11/03/2044m 45s

New World Order

In 1990, George Bush proclaimed the dawning of a New World Order. The Cold War was over, the nation-state and capitalism had won, and the US was ready to deliver their strategy for global governance of the world. Aimen and Thomas discuss how this played out in the Middle East and where the grand vision fell short. For more info, exclusive updates and to chat with other listeners join our Facebook discussion group: http://bit.ly/37cqJAY.Find the whole transcript here: http://bit.ly/2SYhrDU  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26/02/2045m 24s

World War Iran

With the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the world found itself teetering on the edge of a conflict, the scale of which has only been threatened a few times since 1945. Aimen and Thomas kick off Season 2 looking at who Soleimani was, his role in defeating ISIS, as well as the place of privatised espionage and drone technology in modern warfare. For more info, exclusive updates and to chat with other listeners you can now join our facebook discussion group: http://bit.ly/37cqJAY.You can also read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/2SmOPnE  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
12/02/2054m 31s

Conflicted Season 2 Trailer

Find out what topic Aimen and Thomas will be tackling first in the new episode of Conflicted, and how it ties in to the wider scope of Season 2 — the collapse of America's vision for a New World Order. Our hosts also share the launch date and details of our new release schedule. For more info, exclusive updates and to chat with other listeners you can now join our facebook discussion group: http://bit.ly/37cqJAY.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29/01/201m 15s

Season 2 is Coming Soon

Conflicted is coming back for a second season! After examining the War on Terror in Season 1, hosts Thomas Small and Aimen Dean are back with a new focus: The New World Order. Take a listen to our teaser for what to expect in the upcoming episodes. Join the Facebook Discussion Group: http://bit.ly/37cqJAY  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22/01/203m 28s

Introducing Undiscovered: The Lion, The Bear and The War Zone

In this special episode, Thomas will introduce you to Jake Warren, the host of a new podcast called Undiscovered. He'll share with you an episode we think you'll enjoy - it's the incredible story of a bear, a lion and a long-abandoned zoo in the heartland of ISIS occupied Iraq.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
09/04/1939m 19s

Returning Jihadists

What compels a jihadi to take up arms in defence of Islam? How are they recruited – and where are they recruited from? In the final episode of this series, Aimen gets into the specifics of the importance of a prophetic narrative and why so many fighters travelled to Syria from every corner of the globe to join ISIS. We’ll also find out how Aimen was finally outed as an MI6 spy inside al-Qaeda and how he escaped.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
03/04/191h 10m

Syria

This episode brings us to one of the most complicated conflicts raging in the Middle East. Thomas and Aimen both know the country well and walk us through the actors and their motives. They’ll also explain how Syria became such a killing field as a result of the Arab Spring and how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a onetime eye-doctor in London, played a direct role in the failure of the American post-war project, as he released Syria’s jihadists from prison and facilitated their migration to Iraq.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
27/03/191h 3m

Yemen

The Yemeni civil war is one of the most brutal civil wars in the Middle East. As it continues to rage on, Thomas and Aimen explain who the players are in this conflict, why it is all about water, and the reasons Saudi Arabia and UAE are using it to fight an existential war of future survival with their arch rival, Iran.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
20/03/191h 5m

Iraq

Last week Aimen left listeners with a final thought: the biggest mistake in the War on Terror was the invasion of Iraq. This week, Aimen explains how this explosive conflict played into the jihadists’ apocalyptic dreams, how it spurred Osama bin Laden and other conflicts forward in neighbouring countries, and his frustrations as a double agent as he watched the region falling deeper into war.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
13/03/1957m 29s

War on Terror

The War on Terror has lasted 18 years with no clear end in sight. What would it take to resolve a conflict this sprawling and complex - and resolve it successfully?In episode two, Aimen and Thomas grapple with this question, piecing together the historical context, religious issues and modern politics that bred jihadism in the Middle East, and exploring how the counter terrorism efforts of the west have spurred fundamentalism rather than dismantled it.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
06/03/191h 12m

9/11

Where were you on 9/11? Thomas and Aimen use this historic event as a starting point as they tease out how al-Qaeda went from being a small army of jihadists seeking a caliphate in the Middle East to main player, at the centre of the global stage.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/191h 9m

Conflicted Trailer

Coming soon: 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.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
01/03/191m 33s
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