Ranj Alaaldin

London School of Economics, Middle East Scholar

Dr Ranj Alaaldin is a Middle East scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently working on the war on Isis, with a particular emphasis on post-conflict reconstruction, sectarianism, Shia militias and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. He is an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR), King's College London and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. More information on his work can be found at


Situation Report


Religious conflict in Iraq has come to play a dominant role, from a backdrop to the history of the modern state, through the events following the 2003 invasion, to the rise of ISIS. Ranj Alaaldin looks at the significance of religion and the effect of regional geopolitics in the current conflict.

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