Op Eds & Commentaries
- Andreas Krieg. Pour Jamal Khashoggi, la Francophonie doit faire barrage a l'Arabie Saoudite. Liberation, 10 October 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. Katar als Partner: Einsicht ist der erste Schritt der Besserung. Huffington Post, 17 September 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. La tentation securitaire des Emirats-Arabes-Unis. La Libre, 7 August 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. La doctrine MbZ ou la tentation securitaire des Emirats-Arabes-Unis. Huffington Post, 7 August 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. La doctrine MbZ ou la tentation securitaire des Emirats-Arabes-Unis. Le Vif, 3 August 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. Die MbZ Doktrin. Zenith Magazin, 10 July 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. Glücklich ohne Golf-Korsett. Zenith Magazin, 11 June 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. One year on, Trump remains the cause of - and solution to - the Qatar Crisis. Middle East Eye, 23 May 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. Never mind Russia, the UAE has united with AIPAC to conquer Washington. Middle East Eye, 9 March 2018.
- Andreas Krieg. The Saudi-Emirati Axis: United against Gulf Unity. Middle East Eye, 7 December 2017.
- Andreas Krieg. The threat of regime change 2.0 to Gulf security. Middle East Eye, 14 October 2017.
- Andreas Krieg. Qatar's pragmatic gamble in Syria. The National Interest, 4 October 2017.
- Andreas Krieg. The Gulf Rift - A War over Two Irreconcilable Narratives. Defence in Depth, 26 June 2017.
- Andreas Krieg. Trump's Improvised Foreign Policy. Defence in Depth, 18 January 2017.
- Andreas Krieg. Surrogate War and the Illusion of State Centrism. Defence In Depth, 12 December 2016.
- Andreas Krieg. A Winning Strategy for the anti-ISIL coalition. Al Jazeera Opinion, 7 June 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. Stability in Yemen - A Matter of Gulf Collaboration. The Middle East Institute, 8 May 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. Towards a Strategy in Yemen. The Peninsula, 16 April 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. Iran Deal better than n0 deal. The Peninsula, 13 April 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. Netanyahu's Win and Palestinian Statehood. The Peninsula, 27 March 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. Bibi's pursuit of self-interest serves Palestinian cause. CNN, 15 March 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. معاني الإيثار في السياسة الخارجية القطرية. Al-Sharq, 8 March 2015. (Arabic)
- Andreas Krieg. The Altruistic Component of Qatar's Foreign Policy. The Peninsula, 2 March 2015.
- Andreas Krieg. Is America's reign as a superpower ending? CNN, 12 December 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. Reversing the Revolution in the Name of the People. Kings of War, 5 June 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. Islamic State of Who? Kings of War, 11 June 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. The End of Iraq as we know it. Kings of War, 24 June 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. ISIS' Success in Iraq: A Testimony to Failed Security Sector Reform. Security Sector Reform Resource Centre, 22 July 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. Operational Solutions to Strategic Problems - Israel's Policy Towards Palestine. The International Relations & Security Network (ISN), 4 August 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. How to best externalize the R2P in Iraq? Kings of War, 13 August 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. #Reminder: Qatar's Foreign Policy: Islamists YES - Islamic State NO. Kings of War, 21 August 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. Was Katar wirklich will (What Qatar really wants). Zenith Magazine. 22 August 2014. [in German]
- Andreas Krieg. Operation: Eliminate the 'Islamic State'. Kings of War, 5 September 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. Why Turkish Boots on the Ground will not defeat ISIS. CNN, 2 October 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. Qatar scapegoated for world's failure to stop Islamic State. The Conversation, 6 November 2014.
- Andreas Krieg. ISIS and the Facade of Negative Cooperation. Arab Center for Research & Policy Studies. 7 November 2014. [PDF]
Middle East│Libya│Yemen│Iraq│Iran│Security Sector Reform│ISIS│Islamic State│Maliki│Haftar│Israel│Palestine│Gaza│Hamas│R2P│Humanitarian Intervention│ Qatar │Turkey│Trump
Live Interviews on Radio
- Saudi and Turkey considering intervention in Syria. BBC World Service, 6 February 2016. Listen to audio below:
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- Shirwani, M. Radio Interview on US Strategy vs IS. Voice of America (Kurdish), 2 October 2014. [More] Listen to audio below:
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Comments on Live TV
6 July 2017, BBC News, 'Conversation with Frank Gardner', Watch
6 July 2017, Al Jazeera, 'Post-Cairo Sanctions on Qatar', Watch
5 July 2017, ABC News, 'Saudi & Emirate strategic miscalculations', Watch
3 July 2017, France 24, 'The Clash over Narratives in the Gulf Crisis', Watch
23 June 2017, France 24, 'Qatar's response to GCC Crisis' Watch
29 June 2017, Al Jazeera, 'Ambiguous US Policy towards Gulf' Watch
26 June 2017, BBC World, 'Last battle for Mosul' Watch
26 June 2017, Deutsche Welle, 'Last battle for Mosul' Watch
18 June 2017, Al Jazeera, 'GCC Rift: Qatar is resilient' Watch
11 June 2017, Al Jazeera, 'Qatar's hostage negotiation & GCC Rift' Watch
8 June 2017, Al Jazeera Inside Story, 'Terror in Iran amid GCC Rift' Watch
7 June 2017, Voice of America, 'US approach to GCC Rift' Watch
30 May 2017, TRT Newsmakers, 'The Qatar Hack and GCC Rift' Watch
24 May 2017, Al Jazeera Inside Story, 'UK CT Policy and the Manchester Attack' Watch
23 May 2017, Al Jazeera, 'Background of the Manchester Attack' Watch
19 May 2017, France 24, 'Trump's Visit to Saudi Arabia' Watch
10 May 2017, Al Jazeera, 'Increase of UK troops in Afghanistan' Watch
7 April 2017, CBC News, 'Putin's reaction to US missile strikes' Watch
7 April 2017, BBC News, 'The Drivers behind the US strike on Syria' Watch
23 March 2017, TRT "Newsmakers", 'Pitfalls of US anti-ISIS strategy' Watch
13 March 2017, Al Jazeera NewsGrid, 'Future Contingency Plans for ISIS' Watch
09 March 2017, Al Jazeera Inside Story, 'US steps up the game in Syria' Watch
14 December 2016, Al Jazeera Newsgrid, 'Aleppo & Intl Community' Watch
14 December 2016, Al Jazeera, 'The Fall of Aleppo' #2 Watch
14 December 2016, Al Jazeera, 'The Fall of Aleppo' #1 Watch
30 November 2016, Al Jazeera, 'How to defend East Aleppo' Watch
27 November 2016, Al Jazeera, 'SAA capture parts of East Aleppo' Watch
7 November 2016, TRT World, 'SDF launch Raqqa Offensive' Watch
6 November 2016, Al Jazeera, 'SDF announce Raqqa Offensive' Watch
6 November 2016, Al Jazeera, 'Urban Warfare in Mosul' Watch
1 November 2016, Al Jazeera, 'Mosul Offensive reaches the city' Watch
18 October 2016, TRT World, '2nd Day of the Mosul Offensive' Watch
17 October 2016, Al Jazeera, 'Military View on the Mosul Offensive' Watch
30 September 2016, Al Jazeera, 'Turkish -Russian Cooperation in Syria?' Watch
23 September 2016, Al Jazeera, 'US-Russia Relations in Syria over Aleppo' Watch
1 June 2016, TRT World, 'US support SDF forces to take Manbij' Watch
5 December 2015, TRT World, 'Turkey's incursion in Iraq' Watch
4 December 2015, BBC 'Victoria Derbyshire', "How does ISIS raise its money?"
3 December 2015, France24, 'Effectiveness of UK air strikes in Syria' Watch
14 October 2015, Al Jazeera Inside Story, Doha 'Proxy War in Syria' Watch
10 September 2015, Al Jazeera Inside Story, Doha 'Push for Sanaa' Watch
10 June 2015, Al Jazeera Inside Story, Doha 'ISIL's evolving socio-political strategy' Watch
1 June 2015, Al Jazeera Inside Story, Doha 'Rising Sectarian Tensions in Iraq ' Watch
18 May 2015, AlJazeera, Doha on 'ISIS seizure of Ramadi ' Watch
4 May 2015, AlJazeera, Doha on 'Qatar Defence Policy '
"A GCC Strategy for Yemen" - Panel on Doha Institute Conference on Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen - Live on Al Jazeera Mubasher - 25 April 2015
28 January 2015, ChannelNewsAsia, Singapore on 'The Symbolic Value of Prisoner Swap for ISIS'
"Coalition Strategy against ISIS" - Panel on Doha Institute Conference on the Rise of ISIS - Live on Al Jazeera Mubasher - 19 October 2014
3 September 2014, eNCA, South Africa on 'The Role of Videos in IS propaganda'
26 June 2014 - eNCA, South Africa on 'ISIS advance in Iraq'
Comments in Print Media
"Nonetheless, the Iraqi army remains the best option for combating the Sunni ISIL, said Andreas Krieg, an expert on transnational groups in the Middle East and a lecturer at King's College London."
- US Considers Options as Islamists Advance in Iraq. Voice of America, 13 June 2014. [More]
"Here, Andreas Krieg, a Middle East security analyst at King's College London in Qatar, gives MailOnline his verdict on ISIS's chances of toppling Baghdad and whether they can achieve their ultimate goal of establishing an Islamic state."
- Obama to unleash air strikes on ISIS: America prepares to target Islamic fanatics as Shiites rush to join 'peace brigades' to defend Iraq's holy sites. DailyMail, 19 June 2014. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a Middle East security analyst at King's College London in Qatar, says the ISIS insurgency is just the latest uprising fuelled by centuries-old sectarian dynamics between Sunnis, Shi'ites and Kurds."
- U.S. Secretary of State pledges 'intense, sustained and effective' support for Iraq against ISIS as militants seize border crossings. DailyMail, 23 June 2014. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a Middle East security analyst at King's College London in Qatar, said he had noticed a rise in extremism in recent weeks and months, but said Islam wasn't to blame."
- How new era of Islamic fundamentalism is spreading fear and chaos around the world. DailyMail, 25 June 2014. [More]
“If something comes out of Doha today, the big question is will Israel buy into it,” said Andreas Krieg, a Doha-based professor with King’s College London. Israel is more open to Egyptian efforts and regards Doha and Ankara with some suspicion because of its close ties to Hamas, he added."
- Gaza Cease-Fire hampered by Arab Divisions over Hamas. Financial Times, 20 July 2014. [More]
"It is unclear whether airstrikes alone can prevent the advance of the militants. Andreas Krieg, an expert on Middle East transnational groups and a lecturer at King's College London, tells VOA he is skeptical of the strategy."
- Obama Authorizes Iraqi Air Strikes. Voice of America, 8 August 2014. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a Middle East security analyst at King's College London in Qatar, said 'ISIS control is very fragile as people only co-operate due to fear not because they want to. Just because they have seized territory from official statutory power, it does not make them a statutory power"
- ISIS supporters hand out leaflets in London's Oxford Street encouraging people to move to newly proclaimed Islamic State. DailyMail, 13 August 2014 [More]
"With that accord expiring at midnight, Qatar is using its links to Hamas to be a crucial go-between in talks over a longer term truce, said Andreas Krieg, a lecturer at King’s College London in Qatar."
- Qatar Plays Arbitrator after Supporting Middle East Revolts. Bloomberg Businessweek, 13 August 2014 [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a Middle East security analyst at King's College London in Qatar, said it was likely IS would now focus its resources further south after losing momentum in the north between Mosul and Erbil."
- Islamic State Continues Advance towards Baghdad. DailyMail, 14 August 2014 [More]
"Nobody wants to return to the quagmire on the ground that was Iraq until 2011 - neither Western publics nor Western policy makers."
- Fears of another Mount Sinjar grow after ISIS surrounds 18,000 Shi'ite Muslims in Iraqi town of Amerli. DailyMail, 22 August 2014 [More]
- Expert reveals how themes from popular culture are used to attract Western recruits. DailyMail, 3 September 2014 [More]
- VOA Special Report: IS Militants Draw Millions from Vast Sources. Voice of America, 17 September 2014 [More]
"The Qataris usually work by identifying individuals who they think are ideologically on the same wavelength," says Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at King's College London and an advisor to the Qatar Armed Forces. "There is no vetting process per se; it's 'these are people we can trust.'"
- Dickinson, B. The Case Against Qatar. Foreign Policy, 1 October 2014. [More]
"رای شارهزایهکی بهرگری له کۆلێجی پاشایهتی لهندهن سهبارهت به کاریگهری هێرشه ئاسمانییهکان به دژی 'داعش' و توانای 'یهپهگه' وهک هێزی سهر حهرد له سوریا!"
- Shirwani, M. Radio Interview on US Strategy vs IS. Voice of America (Kurdish), 2 October 2014. [More] Listen to audio below
"Dr Andreas Krieg, a King's College London professor, spoke from Iraq to say: 'Conversion in the case of IS [Islamic State] would not save the individual from death."
- How American captive Peter Kassig converted to Islam in IS captivity. DailyMail, 6 October 2014. [More]
"Middle East security expert Andreas Krieg, from King’s College London's Department of Defence Studies, echoed Cole's scepticism: 'Isis is not currently focusing on the West. At the moment Isis’ focus is on expanding its territory and influence in Syria and Iraq. It is bogged down there. Within this context I do not see any place for Ebola as a bio-weapon to be used against any of the opponents. It would be too risky as they would likely infect their own fighters and people living in their territory.' "
- Could terrorists turn themselves into Ebola suicide 'bombs'? DailyMail, 10 October 2014. [More]
"Additionally, said Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor from King's College London who also advises the Qatari Armed Forces, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, known as ‘the GCC,’ are worried about regionally security."
- Concern Grows Over Succession of Oman's Sultan. Voice of America, 16 October 2014. [More]
"This view was contradicted by Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at the Defence Studies Department at King’s College, London:
“[It] is plausible that the Iranians, who have made a recent commitment to support the [Houthis], could use the port [Hodeidah] to ship arms from Sudan via Djibouti. I think that would be a more serious concern for Saudi than merely the interruption of trade in the region.”
- Houthi expansion threatens Yemen's Strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait. Financial Times, 23 October 2014. [More]
"Nach Einschätzung von Andreas Krieg, Professor am Londoner King's College und Experte für die Golfstaaten, hat Qabus ein sehr autokratisches Herrschaftssystem etabliert - selbst im Vergleich zum benachbarten Saudi-Arabien."
- Der geheime Brief des Sultans. DeutscheWelle, 25 October 2014. [More]
"An adviser to Qatar's Armed Forces has said there is a "massive discrepancy" between what the United States considers to be moderate Islamism and how Qatar and Turkey understand that concept. This has affected which rebel groups the United States and the West has supported in Syria, Dr. Andreas Krieg told RFE/RL on November 6"
- Qatar Advisor Questions US stance on 'Moderate Islamists' in Syria. Radio Free Europe, 6 November 2014. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, Assistant Professor at the Department of Defence Studies in Kings College London said Kazakhstan was not a target area for ISIS. He said: 'They are currently concentrating on Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. Although recently Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recently said he was looking to franchise the organisation in different Muslim countries."
- ISIS release shocking new video of child soldiers from Kazakhstan being trained with AK47s. DailyMail, 23 November 2014. [More]
"Laut Andreas Krieg, einem Verteidigungsexperten des Londoner Kings College, war Kasachstan bisher kein Zielgebiet von ISIS. Andreas Krieg wird von „Daily Mail“ mit den Worten zitiert: „Sie (ISIS) konzentrieren sich gerade auf den Irak, Syrien, Libyen und Jemen. Obwohl Abu Bakr al-Bagdadi erst vor Kurzem gesagt hat, dass sie nach Partnerorganisationen in anderen muslimisch geprägten Ländern suchen.“
- Hier schult ISIS Kinder für den Dschihad. Bild Zeitung. 23 November 2014. [More]
"Oil is just part of ISIS revenues, but it is still part of their revenues,” said Andreas Krieg, an expert at King’s College London. “It would be even more difficult for them to sell oil to the Turks or the Kurds because, at those prices, they would be less willing to take the risk"
- Analysis: Oil-Price Drop Adds New Element to Mideast Fray. Wall Street Journal. 2 December 2014. [More]
"Para Andreas Krieg, professor no Departamento de Estudos de Defesa no King's College, o projeto do AK47 não era revolucionário em si, tendo sido inspirado por armas alemãs no fim da Segunda Guerra Mundial. "Um fuzil tinha de ser leve, fácil de usar e resistente às mudanças no ambiente de uso. O que foi revolucionário no Kalashnikov foi a simplicidade e a habilidade de produzir em massa"
- Kalashnikov relança AK-47, fuzil de Bin Laden, como 'arma do povo'. Folha de Sao Paolo. 6 December 2014. [More]
“Qataris definitely think they were on the right side of history, supporting the peoples of the Arab world,” said Andreas Krieg, an expert at King’s College London who is advising the Qatari armed forces"
- Qatar Scales Back Role in Middle East Conflicts. Wall Street Journal. 28 December 2014. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, from the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London, said that the group uses attacks like this to justify its existence. 'If the franchise and brand of Al Qaeda wants to survive it needs some shocking terror attacks to its name. Unlike ISIS Al Qaeda believes in a global jihad, namely bringing the jihad to the streets of Europe and the U.S."
- Leader of al-Qaeda's Yemen group confirms they ordered Charlie Hebdo attack. Daily Mail. 14 January 2015 [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, Associate Professor at Defence Studies Department, University of London: 'ISIS is not simply a terrorist organisation. Its territory stretches from Iraq to Syria and in some ways functions like a state—with its own governance and education systems in place. Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is at the centre of operations, but the territory is divided into provinces with their own governors."
- Facing financial difficulties, hostage ransom is a lucrative resource. Hokkaido Shimbun (Japan). 23 January 2015.
"Few expect King Abdullah's successor, his half brother King Salman, to usher in any major human rights improvements. Andreas Krieg, a Middle East security analyst and lecturer at King's College London, tells VOA both Abdullah and Salman are "made of the same cloth" and "have a similar outlook when it comes to reform."
- Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record. Voice of America. 24 January 2015 [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, from King's College London's Department of Defence Studies, believes that a prisoner swap would benefit ISIS in the short-term, for propaganda purposes, but would ultimately weaken them."
- Hostage is Feared Dead as Prisoner Exchange Collapses. Daily Mail. 29 January 2015 [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, assistant professor for defence studies at King's College London in Qatar, told Daily Mail: 'This is a new dimension of brutality, but ISIS had to evolve stylistically from beheadings. The global public got more or less used to it. ISIS shows innovation in finding new means of psychological warfare or terrorism. Considering the Jordanian public's emotional involvement in this case, this is not just a cruel execution, but an act of terror that is going hit right into the hearts and minds of the Jordanian people."
- 22 Minutes of Savagery. Daily Mail. 3 February 2015 [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a professor for defence studies at King's College London in Qatar, told Daily Mail: 'The Jordanian response to the execution of their pilot was purely an act of blind revenge. It was driven by negative emotions such as anger rather than the ambition of achieving justice"
- Jordan's Decision to Execute Two Jihadist Prisoners will not Achieve Anything. Daily Mail. 4 February 2015 [More]
"Andreas Krieg, Académico del Centro de Estudios de Defensa del King's College en Doha: 'Los videos del Estado Islámico tienen un guión, son sofisticados y parecen una película'. El analista señala que la agrupación extremista busca conseguir la atención en todo el mundo y por eso sus videos son realizados por profesionales."
- Los videos del Estado Islámico tienen un guión, son sofisticados y parecen una película. La Tercera, Chile. 7 February 2015. [More] [PDF]
“There’s no way that the Bab el-Mandeb could ever be closed because it’s too important,” Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, said by phone Thursday. “A huge security industry has evolved around exactly that area because it is such an important point for world trade.”
- Add Bombs to Worries For Ships Dodging Pirates, Terror off Yemen. Bloomberg. 27 March 2015. [More]
"واتفق الباحث في علم الاجتماع السياسي خالد الدخيل والخبير والمستشار في الإستراتيجيات العسكرية أندرياس كريغ في الجلسة الأولى على أن "عاصفة الحزم" جاءت متأخرة بما أن التمدد الحوثي بدأ منذ عام 2013, وقد استحكم في مفاصل الدولة اليمنية بعد السيطرة على العاصمة صنعاء."
باحثون: الضربات الجوية وحدها لن تحل أزمة اليمنز Al Jazeera. 26 April 2015. [More]
"L’axe Riyad-Abou Dhabi-Le Caire a cédé la place à l’axe Riyad-Ankara-Doha, qui est beaucoup plus favorable aux anti-Assad, décrypte Andreas Krieg professeur au collège de défense du Qatar. L’émir Tamim a de nouveau les coudées franches en Syrie, alors qu’en 2014, de peur de susciter l’ire du roi Abdallah, il avait dû revoir à la baisse toutes ses ambitions dans ce pays."
- Un axe sunnite à l’aide des rebelles syriens. Le Monde. 13 May 2015. [More]
"Andreas Krieg es profesor asistente en el departamento de Estudios de Defensa del King’s College en Doha. En la actualidad trabaja para la compañía Serco Middle East como contratista de las Fuerzas Armadas de Qatar, donde ofrece asesoría sobre la reforma al sector de seguridad de ese país. En conversación con La Tercera, Krieg analiza los avances del Estado Islámico en Irak y en Siria y los esfuerzos por contener al grupo yihadista."
Analista del King's College London en Doha: "No se puede ganar esta guerra con fuerzas como las de EE.UU. La Tercera. 1 June 2015. [More]
"Military operations in Iraq need to be more forceful, according to Andreas Krieg of King’s College London. In addition, they need to be better planned, he said. The coalition should focus on training Sunni soldiers to fight the Islamic State, Krieg said, rather than relying on Shi'ite forces that complicate the battle because of sectarian divides. And beyond better training, those Sunni fighters need to be better motivated, he added."
- Analysts: US needs better Strategy in Fighting ISIS. Voice of America. 11 June 2015. [More]
"İngiliz King’s College London Üniversitesinin Katar’daki subaylara akademik eğitim veren savunma bölümünde yardımcı doçent olarak görev yapan Andreas Krieg de, Katar’ın askeri alandaki atılımına dikkat çekiyor. ‘’Katar, askeri kuvvetlerini, gelecekte milli ve bölgesel güvenliğe katkı yapacak şekilde hazırlıyor’’ diyen savunma uzmanı Krieg, bu amaca ulaşmak için Katar’ın, yalnızca teçhizat değil aynı zamanda eğitim anlamında da dışarıdan yardıma ihtiyaç duyduğunu belirtiyor."
- Katar'da 100 yil sonra Turk askeri. Star. 21 June 2015. [More]
"Men Andreas Krieg, en ekspert fra King’s College i London, tror ikke at noe vendepunkt i kampen mot IS er nær. Vi må huske på at IS skiller mellom kjerneområdene og sine perifere områder. IS kontrollerer i dag enorme landområder i Irak og Syria. De vet at de ikke kan kontrollere alt i de perifere områdene, og ofte er det egentlig nok for dem å sørge for at ingen andre greier å styre. Men i kjerneområdene, som byen Raqqa, vil de aldri gi seg, forteller han til Dagsavisen."
- IS-hovedbase trues. Dagsavisen. 25 June 2015. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a consultant to the Qatar armed forces and a lecturer at King's College in London, said the coalition was seeking to avoid civilian casualties. Many civilians have been killed because of the terrain which includes inaccessible valleys and cities, said Krieg.He stressed that the Huthis "use civilians as human shields" by hiding among them."
- Saudi strikes hit homes. Agence France Presse AFP. 30 June 2015. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a professor at King's College London who embedded with Iraqi Kurdish fighters, said IS local commanders receive overall orders on strategy but are given freedom to operate as they see fit to achieve them. That's a sharp contrast to the rigid hierarchies of the Iraqi and Syrian militaries, where officers often fear acting without direct approval."
- The Secret to IS success: Shock troops who fight to the death. Associated Press. 8 July 2015. [More]
"Nuclear deterrence is not the main concern," says Andreas Krieg, a security analyst who has worked as a consultant for the Qatar Armed Forces. "Nobody thinks Iran will actually use a nuclear weapon. The main concern is that now Iran has the potential, with having the normalization of its diplomatic ties, to become the actual hegemon in the region," Krieg told VOA."
- Gulf Countries Skeptical About Iran Deal. Voice of America. 16 July 2015. [More]
"There is significant evidence that ISIS has built a network and an infrastructure in Turkey to support its operations in both Syria and Iraq," said Andreas Krieg, an analyst at King's College London. "Turkey has never thought that these jihadists would ever become a problem for Turkey itself. Quite on the contrary, they were under the impression that jihadists who wanted to go to Syria are embarking on a local — not a global — jihad."
- Turkish Bombing of Islamic State Marks End of Tacit Truce. The New York Times. 25 July 2015. [More]
"Speaking to The Independent, Dr Andreas Krieg from King’s College’s Department of Defence Studies said the defectors’ testimony was a stark reminder of the need for the West to “not just focus on fighting ISIS. Five years of apathy have created the situation we find ourselves in at the moment,” he said. “Forgetting about the institutionalised atrocities of the Assad regime only aggravates the situation on the ground. Bombing Isis from the air while turning a blind eye to Assad will just slightly shift the balance of power in Syria – where the civilian population is effectively trapped between the Assad regime and Isis"
- Syrian defectors reveal horrors of life under Assad. The Independent. 17 August 2015. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, an expert on the Middle East from King’s College’s Department of Defence Studies, told The Independent that the new video was unlike previous Isis releases designed to “terrorise a global audience and attract fanatics”. He said that Shia militias, often with the support of Iran and employed by the Iraqi government, have been committing atrocities “of the same scale as Isis” since 2003.“Isis wants to show its most important military and ideological enemy, namely the Shia militias, that none of their atrocities will go unpunished,” Dr Krieg said.“It wants to send the message that they are not impressed by Shia cruelties and that despite the Iraqi government’s determination, Isis can act with impunity.”
- ISIS releases graphic video showing four 'spies' being burned alive. The Independent. 31 August 2015. [More]
"L'hécatombe de vendredi a constitué "un tournant" pour la coalition qui prépare "un plus grand déploiement de troupes" pour appuyer des combattants yéménites locaux, équipés et entraînés depuis six mois, relève Andreas Krieg, consultant pour les forces armées du Qatar et professeur au King's College de Londres."
Yémen: une grande bataille se prépare pour le nord du pays et Sanaa. TV5 Monde. 8 September 2015. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, an adviser to Qatar’s armed forces and an assistant professor at King College London, said that was no real proof which group among the rebels fired the missile. However, he said the missile came from stocks of the Yemeni armed forces, “more precisely from those stocks controlled by forces” close to Mr Saleh."
- Marib Tragedy unites GCC on Yemen's Front line. The National. 10 September 2015. [More]
"Aux forces spéciales infiltrées à la fin du printemps, qui ont facilité la reconquête d’Aden à la mi-juillet, succède un véritable contingent d’infanterie mécanisée, composé de soldats d’active et de conscrits. « Un déploiement aussi important, c’est une première dans l’histoire du Conseil de coopération du Golfe [CCG, le club des Etats de la péninsule Arabique] », souligne Andreas Krieg, professeur au Collège des forces armées du Qatar."
- Au Yemen, les pays du Gulfe s'engagent au sol. Le Monde. 16 September 2015. [More]
"Targeting remains difficult in the current environment... lack of intelligence and deliberate acts of perfidy by Huthis and loyalists," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London."I think that these attacks were committed by Huthi rebels or loyalists trying to intimidate local communities. Locals tend to think that they were targeted by air strikes," said Krieg, who also serves as a consultant to the Qatari armed forces."
- Coalition Warplanes bomb Yemen rebels. AFP. 10 October 2015. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, an expert on the Middle East from King's College's Department of Defence Studies, said the positions Russia had said it was targeting "have been in the hands of moderate rebels for months now" - not ISIS. "They also do not have the precision strike capability that western air forces have," he said. "These claims that Isis has been significantly weakened are either highly exaggerated or wrong."
- Russian military claims it has destroyed 'most' ISIS ammunition. Times of India. 14 October 2015. [More]
"Qatar kan gjøre ting som ingen andre kan. Det gjelder også i Syria, sier Andreas Krieg, sikkerhetsrådgiver for Qatars regjering og professor ved King's College i London, til Dagbladet"
- Slik ble VM-landet Qatar et av verdens mektigste. Dagbladet. 25 October 2015. [More]
"Das war ein bisschen dick aufgetragen, doch kämpfen Katarer in Jemen. Andreas Krieg, Sicherheitsberater in Doha und Assistenzprofessor am King's College London, sagte der SZ, an der noch laufenden Operation Restoring Hope in Jemen seien zwar "nicht mehr als 500 katarische Soldaten beteiligt". Etwa 50 Mann einer Spezialeinheit, ausgerüstet mit gepanzerten Fahrzeugen, würden jedoch in Marib an der Seite lokaler Milizen kämpfen"
- Katarische Soldaten an Kämpfen im Jemen beteiligt. Süddeutsche Zeitung. 12 November 2015. [More]
"“You cannot bomb an organisation back to the Middle Ages which already lives in the Middle Ages,” says Dr Andreas Krieg, King’s College’s expert on the Middle East at its Department of Defence Studies. “Air strikes have been widely unsuccessful in eroding the capability of Isis,” Dr Krieg told The Independent. “The group offers a popular appeal amid chaos, desperation and a lack of alternatives. “You cannot target this appeal militarily, but only by building and supporting a socio-political narrative other than the Assad regime.” Dr Krieg said air strikes need to come with “a ground component, one that has legitimacy in the eyes of locals, one that is able and willing to provide security to local communities”.
- ISIS threat to the UK 'will only increase' with air strikes. The Independent. 26 November 2015. [More]
"Middle East expert Dr Andreas Krieg has said airstrikes make countries more vulnerable to IS, as the militant group seeks to ‘punish’ them as they have done in France"
- Syria statement: Pros & Cons of Britain launching airstrikes. Russia Today. 26 November 2015. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, assistant professor in the Department of Defense Studies at King's College London, cautioned that the use of additional air power against Islamic State militants may have little impact without the presence of a ground force with strong ties to the local civilian population."
- British Parliament to vote on expanded attacks on Islamic State. Los Angeles Times. 2 December 2015. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, from King’s College’s Department of Defence Studies, agrees with Mr Winter that air strikes on their own “have been widely unsuccessful in eroding the capability of Isis. If air strikes are carried out, Dr Krieg says, they must be married with the development of a new, trusted organisation on the ground in Syria made up of locals, as well as British investment in counter-radicalisation at home, intelligence, and a more liberal approach to Muslim refugees."
- Will air strikes in Syria really make 60 million Britons more of a target for ISIS. The Independent. 2 December 2015. [More]
- Bombing Syria may please allies, but will have little effect on ISIS. The Guardian. 3 December 2015. [More]
"The ISIS fixation with gold is also a recruiting tool. It offers a departure from corrupted, modern Western ways, according to Andreas Krieg, a military scholar who teaches at King's College London in Qatar. Krieg explained why this resonates. "The narrative is unsurprisingly anti-imperialist, suggesting that the U.S. has conspired to control the world... to deprive Muslims from their own oil money," he said. "All of this is quite common propaganda that Muslims in the region are susceptible to. The hypocrisy here is that ISIS is accepting U.S. dollars to sell oil and using them to buy equipment, Krieg said."
- ISIS is obsessed with gold currency. CNN Money. 5 December 2015. [More]
"The Islamic State is certainly the best financially endowed terrorist organization in history. That is particularly due to its ability to govern ungoverned spaces," said Andreas Krieg, a military scholar at King's College London in Qatar."
- Inside the $2 billion ISIS war machine. CNN Money. 6 December 2015. [More]
"The IS threat "is the most fundamental challenge to Saudi's raison d'etat and the security of its citizens," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London."It is therefore not surprising for Saudi to seek greater cooperation across the board in the fight against militant Islamism," said Krieg, who also serves as a consultant to the Qatari armed forces."
- Saudi forms 34-nation anti-terrorist military coalition. AFP. 15 December 2015. [More]
"I think Saudi Arabia is desperate to do something in Syria," said Andreas Krieg, of the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London. Krieg said the "moderate" opposition is in danger of being routed if Aleppo falls to the regime, whose forces have closed in on Syria's second city, backed by intense Russian air strikes."This is a problem for Saudi and Qatar as they have massively invested into Syria via the moderate opposition as their surrogate on the ground," said Krieg, who also serves as a consultant to the Qatari armed forces."
- As Syria rebel face rout, allies Saudi and Turkey may send troops. AFP. 6 February 2016. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a military expert at King's College London, says he thinks output is now closer to 20,000 barrels per day, a figure that is in line with other recent estimates."
- ISIS faces crude reality as oil output slumps. CNN Money. 7 March 2016. [More]
"Andreas Krieg of the Department of Defence Studies at King's College London said the prisoner swap is "a sign of Saudi goodwill" before the Kuwait negotiations. It signals to the Huthis that Riyadh and its allies are "willing to make compromises to bring these talks to a successful end," said Krieg, who also teaches at the Qatari Armed Forces Staff College."
- Saudi, Yemen Rebels Exchange Prisoners Ahead of Peace Talks. AFP. 28 March 2016. [More]
- GOP Town Hall: CNN's Reality Check Team Vets the Claims. CNN. 30 March 2016. [More]
"Dr Andreas Krieg, an analyst at King’s College in London, told The Independent the release of the message appeared part of a concerted effort “not to appear too quiet” next to their Isis rivals. While Hamza “has been labelled a crown prince” after surviving the raid that killed his father and older brother Khaled, Dr Krieg said the younger son was “not a key figure within al-Qaeda” at this stage."
- Hamza Bin Laden: Could Osama's son be the future leader of Al-Qaeda? The Independent, 11 May 2016. [More]
- Der Sohn von Osama Bin Laden tritt in die blutigen Fußstapfen seines Vaters. Stern. 19 May 2016. [More]
- GCC and Turkey find common ground to rebuild relations . The National. 23 May 2016. [More]
"The United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Syria has been largely ineffective at containing the war because it lacks ground presence, said Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at King’s College London who also works with the Qatar Armed Forces. By relying on local ground forces to support its aerial bombardment campaign against Islamic State militants, the U.S. is conducting “surrogate warfare,” Krieg said."
- Jordan Border Bomb Stokes Fears Syrian War is Spreading. Voice of America. 22 June 2016. [More]
"Mohammed Ben Zayed est obsédé par l'islam politique, et son manichéisme a pénétré toute la réflexion stratégique des Emirats», déplore Andreas Krieg, expert des questions de sécurité dans le Golfe, basé au Qatar"
- Les Emirats arabes unis, Sparte du Moyen-Orient. Le Monde. 26 June 2016. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at King’s College London who also works with the Qatar Armed Forces, said the Russians are a more aggressive actor in Syria in general, but their actions are calculated to create the image of a power-position, not an actual battle.“They would never take the risk of having a direct confrontation with the U.S. and the West,” he said."
- US-Russia Tensions Complicate Syria War. Voice of America. 27 June 2016. [More]
- Revuelta podría complicar campañas en Siria e Irak. El Mercurio (Chile). 16 July 2016. [More]
"In this case a misguided munition hit a neighbourhood by error, which is densely populated," said Andreas Krieg of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. "It is tragic but unfortunately the reality of air power warfare in complex environments where the enemy intentionally mingles with the civilian population," he told AFP."
- Saudi led raids kill 20 civilians in Yemen port. Daily Mail. 23 September 2016. [More]
"La tregua está muerta y no habrá una nueva ruta diplomática próximamente. Creo que las dos partes han perdido la confianza en la credibilidad del otro", dijo a "El Mercurio", Andreas Krieg, experto en seguridad del King's College London."
- Potencias occidentales acusan a Rusia de "patroncinar una barbarie" en Siria. El Mercurio (Chile). 26 September 2016. [More]
"Middle East Eye spoke to Dr Andreas Krieg from the Defence Studies department at King’s College London to get his perspective on no-fly zones, their effectiveness and the likelihood of a new intervention."
- Q&A The Pitfalls of a No-Fly Zone Over Syria. MiddleEastEye. 14 October 2016.[More]
"On the other hand, Andreas Krieg, assistant professor at the Defence Studies Department at King’s College, said that it is probable that Iranians may use the Yemeni port, Hodeidah, to smuggle weapons from Sudan via Djibouti, which would be “a more serious concern for Saudi than merely the interruption of trade in the region”.
- Pirates Threaten Oil and Gas Shipping in the Red Sea. OilPrice.com. 4 November 2016. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, a researcher at the Near East Centre for Security and Strategy at Kings College London, told Al Jazeera that "Turkey did not want the YPG [Kurdish People's Protection Units] or the SDF to take more control of land [in Syria], which is why their military got involved there in the first place".
- Syrian Rebels Announce Offensive to Retake Raqqa. AlJazeera. 6 November 2016. [More]
"Obama seems to prefer “waging war in the shadows with a light footprint and if possible limited public scrutiny,” as Andreas Krieg, a foreign-policy expert at King’s College, London, wrote in a recent paper published by Chatham House, a British think tank. “Externalizing the strategic and operational burden of war to human and technological surrogates has developed into America’s preferred way of war under the Obama administration"
- How much of the Obama Doctrine will Survive Trump. The New Yorker. 9 December 2016. [More]
"Todo el mundo puede argumentar que hizo un atentado por el EI, pero esas personas no necesariamente tienen un vínculo directo con un grupo", dijo en la misma línea Andreas Krieg, experto del King's College de Londres, quien no descarta que el conductor del camión simplemente "podría haber sido inspirado en los ataques en camiones en Europa".
- Israel vincula con el Estado Islamico. El Mercurio (Chile). 9 January 2017. [More]
"Eurasia News sprach mit dem Professor der militärwissenschaftlichen Abteilung am renommierten Kings College in London, Andreas Krieg, der für die katarischen Streitkräfte tätig war. Auf die Frage, welche Rolle politische Allianzen Ankaras mit der Golfregion für die Nachfrage türkischer Rüstungsprodukte spielen, sagte der Professor: „Ankaras Rolle in der Region hat sich in den letzten Jahren stark geändert. Vor allem in Riad und Doha wird die Türkei als moralischer und wirtschaftlicher Partner gesehen"
- Wachstumsmarkt Golfstaaten: Regionale Konflikt beflügeln türkische Rüstungsindustrie. EurasiaNews. 5 March 2017. [More]
"You can’t afford having these very expensive contracts with western companies and contractors, so what [the GCC] will do is go toward cheaper contractors, so that’s why they are looking towards China, towards Pakistan, towards Turkey – it’s just the natural move," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom’s Joint Command and Staff College."
- How Pakistan's Military Offers the Gulf a lot more than boots on the ground. The National. 14 March 2017. [More]
"Der Professor für Militärwissenschaften am renommierten Kings College in London, Andreas Krieg, ist davon überzeugt, dass es sich bei der Anschaffung um eine gute Idee handeln würde. Dennoch glaubt er nicht, dass sich die Verbündeten gerne an den Kosten beteiligen werden. Im Interview mit RT Deutsch zählte Krieg die militärischen Vorteile des A400M für die Bundeswehr auf"
- Too Big to Fail: Bundeswehr rettet Airbus durch Millioneninvestition. Russia Today. 22 March 2017. [More]
"This tentative cooperation is a result of Russian and American "short and midterm interests" which are "are overlapping to a huge extent," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at the Defense Studies Department at King's College London. "Fighting ISIS and fighting the jihadis is absolutely the first priority of the [Donald] Trump administration. This is why [Defense Secretary James] Mattis is going so hardcore after ISIS. And almost everything goes as long as they are fighting jihadis at the same time."
- Russians are fighting near Americans on same side in Syria. NBC News. 28 March 2017. [More]
“Most of the foreign policy and security policy of the United States at the moment is being driven by the Pentagon, which is quite an alarming approach,” said Dr. Andreas Krieg, a Middle East expert and Assistant Professor in the Department of Defence Studies at King’s College London. “The Pentagon is supposed to be the executive agent of the White House. And the White House, and Trump particularly and his closest advisor, Jared Kushner, don't have any track record when it comes to the Middle East.”
- Who advised President Trump to bomb Syria. Newsweek. 7 April 2017. [More]
“Lo único que puede hacer es tratar de poner presión a Rusia e Irán. El lanzamiento de los misiles fue una acción punitiva sólo tiene que ver con mandar un mensaje de que ahora Estados Unidos es más serio respecto de su política de seguridad exterior y que si tienen que hacerlo, van a aplicar una acción militar."
- Andreas Krieg, profesor King's College London: Lo unico que puede hacer el Presidente Trump es presionar a Rusia e Iran. La Tercera. 9 April 2017. [More]
“The Gulf states know they are bogged down in Yemen. They have no power or capability to do something meaningful in Syria,” said Andreas Krieg, assistant professor in defense studies at King’s College London and a former adviser to Qatar’s armed forces."
- As the US weighs more steps against Assad, Gulf States have little to offer. Wall Street Journal. 10 April 2017. [More]
"While deep cuts are coming to the nation’s diplomats, the Pentagon will get a $54 billion defense spending increase. That means the military will be taking on more roles traditionally reserved for diplomats, according to Andreas Krieg, a political risk analyst in the Department of War Studies at King's College London."
- Trump is endangering US National Security with Vacant Positions. Newsweek. 5 May 2017. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London, said King Salman is trying to use the US to forge a "pan-Islamic alliance under Saudi leadership as a bulwark against jihadism and Iran." Krieg agreed Trump needs a partner -- but one to do "the dirty work" for a country that does not want its own military deeply involved, reflecting Trump's policy of "America First".
- Saudi looks to assert regional role with Trump Summit. AFP. 19 May 2017. [More]
"This is a major escalation and I don’t think there is an easy way out of it,” says Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor in defense studies at King’s College London who until recently worked as an adviser to Qatar’s government.“The Qataris have been hosting so-called outlaws for a long time and I don’t see them turning around and saying tomorrow: ‘Hamas, out! Muslim Brotherhood, out!’ You can’t kick them out overnight."
- Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt Cut Diplomatic ties. Wall Street Journal. 05 June 2017. [More]
"After Trump's call for a clampdown on Islamic extremism, Riyadh's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan feel empowered "to take ever more radical steps to contain those forces", said Andreas Krieg of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. The Saudi prince, who is pushing economic and social reforms at home, admires his Abu Dhabi counterpart for seeing political Islam as a threat to "the Emirati vision of a liberal society emulating the United States".
- Saudi, UAE seize chance to isolate Qatar. AFP. 05 June 2017. [More]
"This is very atypical in the history of Islam,” Dr Andreas Kreig, an assistant professor at King’s College London’s Department of Defence Studies, told The Independent. “Ramadan is a month of peace. This new ideology espoused by Isis in the last three years has made it even clearer how removed their beliefs are from most Muslims and most Islam,” he said."
- ISIS tells its followers that rewards for bloodshed are heightened on Ramadan. The Independent. 06 June 2017. [More]
"Le Qatar se retrouve soumis à un véritable blocus économique, auquel il aura le plus grand mal à résister », expose Andreas Krieg, professeur au King’s College de Londres et spécialiste des questions de sécurité dans le Golfe"
- Le camp pro-saoudien met le Qatar au ban du Golfe. Le Monde. 06 June 2017. [More]
"Al-Udeid is a massive base which is instrumental with all of [the United States’] different campaigns,” says Andreas Krieg of the Defense Studies Department at King’s College London and a former adviser to the Qatari military. “It’s involved in operations against [Daesh], Syria, Somalia,” he said. Among those to have served at Al-Udeid since it opened in 2005 is current U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis in his role as head of U.S. Central Command.
- Qatar Crisis puts Spotlight on US military base. AFP. 08 June 2017. [More]
"Auf Nachfrage der Deutschen Wirtschafts Nachrichten, ob es eine saudische Invasionsgefahr Katars gibt, sagte der deutsche Nahost-Experte Andreas Krieg vom King’s College London, der an der Ausbildung von britischen Offizieren an der UK Defence Academy mitwirkt: „Nein. Mit den beiden wichtigsten Beratern des US Präsidenten auf der Seite Katars – aus pragmatischen Gründen – kann es nicht zu einer Invasion kommen. Es macht auch militärisch keinen Sinn. Man würde nur mehr eskalieren ohne mehr zu erreichen. Der Druck ist momentan groß genug. Bei den beiden Unterstützer Katars handelt es sich um US-Verteidigungsminister James Mattis und um den nationalen Sicherheitsberater H.R. McMaster."
- Analysten: Pentagon wird Katar nicht fallenlassen. Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten. 08 June 2017. [More]
"It is just another example of failed coordination between the various departments responsible for U.S. foreign and security policy," said Andreas Krieg, a professor at King's College London, who has provided military education to the Qatari armed forces. "The Qataris will go by the official statements of the State and Defense departments, as they are actually representing official U.S. policy."
- Trump doubles down on Qatar. Voice of America. 10 June 2017. [More]
"More aggressive leaders are in charge in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E., making them less willing to compromise, according to Andreas Krieg, a lecturer in the department of defense studies at Kings College, London. At the same time, Washington’s position remains uncertain and Qatar’s royal family sees no need to capitulate, he said. “Really what the Saudis are trying to achieve is a return to the 1980s, when people in the Gulf felt their first loyalty was to Saudi Arabia, because of the holy mosques, regardless of what passports they held,” said Krieg. More particularly, it wants a unified policy toward Iran, its chief regional rival. Instead of unifying, he said, the GCC risks tearing itself apart.
- Invasion, Coup or Muddle Through. Bloomberg. 15 June 2017. [More]
"Andreas Krieg, an assistant professor at King’s College London’s department of defense studies, said one of the first instances of Islamic State propagating its perverse view was a 2014 YouTube video in which it referenced the ancient Battle of Badr...“Muslims are suffering the greatest,” Krieg said. “It’s tearing families and communities apart.”
- Terrorists see Ramadan as time to step up violence. Los Angeles Times. 20 June 2017. [More]
"The move reflects Mohammed's "calling the shots" in the kingdom, said Andreas Krieg of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. A visit to Saudi Arabia by US President Donald Trump in May, when he held talks with the then deputy crown prince, signalled that Mohammed "could be more confrontational", Krieg said."
- Saudi king ousts nephew. ChannelNews Asia. 21 June 2017. [More]
"Prince Mohammed is now "de factor ruler of the kingdom," said Andreas Krieg of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London."The king needed to strengthen his son's position amid the current turmoil in the region," Krieg said.
- Saudi king ousts nephew, names son as crown prince. Agence France Presse. 21 June 2017. [More]
"By making Mohammed bin Salman "de facto ruler" heading the kingdom's most important portfolios, King Salman created "a solid foundation" for his son's policies, said Andreas Krieg of the Defence Studies Department at King's College London. It signals to Washington that the kingdom is committed to reform "and is the most important partner for the Trump administration" against both Iran and Islamic State group jihadists, Krieg said. His appointment "is purely about demonstrating a degree of certainty in times of uncertainty," Krieg added."
- 'Trump factor' seen in naming of Saudi crown prince. Agence France Presse. 23 June 2017. [More]
"As the state project fails the global jihadist narrative will go into overdrive,” Dr Andreas Krieg of King's College London's Department of Defence Studies said. “Isis didn’t originally have the al-Qaeda ambition of targeting the far away enemy. It was localised, forming alliances with local Sunni tribes against the common Shia enemy. But now they have moved in that direction, and if it means attacking the West they will do that.” There is no coherent Syrian, Iraqi or Western strategy for defeating the group’s potent ideology – just military force. Even if Isis is completely vanquished, Dr Krieg said, Iraq is “fertile ground” for a new anti-government Islamist narrative to spring up. “Isis is not the root cause of Iraq's problems, it's a symptom of it, he said.“The common denominator of an enemy in Isis may be disappearing bit by bit, but the old grievances will remain, and because of that, we are likely to see Iraqi society splinter further."
- Mosul defeat leaves ISIS unlikely to survive. The Independent 29 June 2017. [More]
"Me parece extraordinario que no asistan ni el rey ni el heredero. En su lugar, Arabia Saudí envía a un ministro desconocido a una de las cumbres de más alto nivel de este año. Muestra que el reino no aprecia el multilateralismo”, declara Andreas Krieg, profesor del King’s College de Londres."
- El rey y el heredero de Saudi Arabia. El Pais. 6 July 2017. [More]