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Understanding the Real Nature of the Shi’ite-Sunni Conflict

  • Graham E. Fuller
Thursday 7 April 2016
Conflict, Islamist Extremism & Governance in the Middle East
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


Most Western analysis tends to view the present Shi’ite-Sunni conflict as essentially a theological issue. In fact, there are many more factors at play behind the scenes.  How can we best understand the nature of this conflict—its present cause and likely duration?


About Graham E. Fuller

Graham E. Fuller is a former Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council at CIA in charge of long range forecasting. He has lived and worked in the Middle East for nearly two decades. He has written numerous books on Middle East politics and Islamic movements and Eurasian geopolitics, recently Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East. His latest book is a novel: Breaking Faith: a novel of espionage and an American’s crisis of conscience in Pakistan. He lives in Vancouver Canada.  

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