Contemporary Operating Environment

The Sunni-Shia Divide

By Vicky Osborn May 15, 2019


Click here to access the article: The Sunni-Shia Divide by theCouncil of Foreign Relations

Many believe that an ancient religious divide within Islam is helping to fuel the conflict in the Middle East and Muslim countries. So how can one religion be so divided along ideological lines? This article by the Council on Foreign Relations provides a simple yet comprehensive explanation of the Sunni-Shia divide, a division which is having such a profound impact on the world today. It is accompanied by an eight minute video overview.

The Council on Foreign Relations is a leading, nonprofit US think tank that specialises in foreign policy and international affairs.  You can read more about them at their website.



Vicky Osborn

Vicky Osborn is an Education Officer posted to Headquarters Forces Command, Directorate of Professional Military Education. Previous postings include the Army Knowledge Centre (ALPC) and Army Logistics Training Centre.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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