In an age of digital media, 24-hour news channels and multi-platform reporting, mainstream media coverage of conflict appears at first glance to be extensive and overwhelming. Yet at the same time, coverage can be superficial and misleading – some conflicts and disputes are granted long-running coverage, whilst others are left unreported and rendered largely invisible to the international community.
Geopolitical Conflict, established in December 2015, helps to overcome the simplifications and distortions of our saturated media environment through publishing one in-depth feature on a selected country each month, with the aim of providing greater context to some of the world’s more obscure conflicts and disputes.
The articles published on the site focus on under-reported conflicts in all corners of the world – across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America – which do not usually attract significant attention in the mainstream media. Occasionally, conflicts which are already the subject of extensive media reporting (such as Syria and Yemen) will also be covered, but from an alternative angle.
Since March 2017, the site has also hosted a rolling ‘Conflict News’ page, featuring a select range of news and analysis on under-reported conflicts each month from trusted external sources.
Through more diverse reporting and analysis the issue of ‘media invisibility’ can be tackled: ‘forgotten conflicts’ can be made more visible, the parameters of the debate can be extended, and new ways of thinking can emerge.
About the author: I am a writer and researcher focusing on civil conflict and the politics of East Asia, and have written for online publications including The Diplomat, World Politics Review, Geopolitical Monitor, Asian Correspondent, Eurasia Review and the Japan Times. I have also worked on a freelance basis for London-based NGO Action on Armed Violence. I previously studied an MA in International Relations at the University of Westminster and a BA in Human Geography at the University of Exeter.
Note: The articles featured on Geopolitical Conflict are based on in-depth research from reliable academic and journalistic sources. The conclusions to each article contain elements of the author’s own opinion based on this research.