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The Proxy Wars For and Against ISIS

The Middle East Studies Forum invites you to the webinar ‘The Proxy Wars For and Against ISIS’ presented by Professor Andrew Mumford from the University of Nottingham (UK).

This session is organised as part of our project on ‘Proxy Wars in the Middle East and South Asia’, sponsored by Carnegie Corporation New York (grant no. G-18-55949).

The mantra of ‘my enemy’s enemy is my friend’ is the cornerstone of strategic planning for the proxy war against both the regime of Bashar al-Assad and ISIS.

In this webinar, Andrew will offer a conceptual explanation of proxy warfare, evaluate the rise of ISIS and the opportunities for proxy war that it created, and then assess the ways in which proxy war has manifest itself on top of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq between 2011 and 2016. Further, the webinar will observe some of the strategic problems created by the prevalence of indirect intervention.

You can access the webinar flyer here.

Speaker bio:

Andrew Mumford is a Professor of War Studies at the University of Nottingham (UK) where he is Deputy Head of the School of Politics and International Relations. He has written three books on elements of modern war, including Proxy Warfare (Polity, 2013). His paper ‘Proxy Warfare and the Future of Conflict’ is the second most downloaded article in the 163-year history of the RUSI Journal. He has acted as a consultant to the UK Ministry of Defence and NATO on issues pertaining to hybrid warfare. His next book, The West’s War Against ISIS: Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria and Iraq, will be published by IB Tauris in early 2021.


3 September 2020
Melbourne: 5pm GMT +10 hours
Nottingham: 8am GMT +1 hour
Please join us via Zoom*

Please RSVP to by 1 September 2020

*Attendees will be provided with a Zoom link and password to access the webinar via a calendar invite sent to the email address registered with on the 2 September 2020

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