The Internal Conflict Commission seeks to investigate intra-state political, ethnic, religious and communal conflicts. It seeks to analyze internal political tensions, confrontations and violence, their multiple economic, social and cultural causes, their outcomes, as well as external involvements. The list of countries which witnessed such conflicts and rises, or are still torn by them, is extensive and not limited to the list bellow:
- Middle East and North Africa: Arab Revolts; Sectarian and Ethnic Conflicts, and Violence; Foreign Pressures, Interferences and “Regime Change”; Palestinian Disunity; Power Struggle in Iran.
Internal conflicts, of course are not all of the same type and do not follow same patterns. Some of them have strictly internal causes, while others were/are exacerbated by external interferences, or even invasions. Terrorism for example is often imported and has both external and internal dimensions.