Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

Syria: New rules of the game? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 13 February 2018

As Syria’s civil war heads towards an end game, wider international fault lines are sharpening. Only Russia has the power to stop escalation but it is yet to choose its course.

Three views on Turkey's Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz & Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 January 2018

What Turkey's intervention means for Syria, the Kurds, and Ankara.

UK too complacent on Turkish Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 23 January 2018

Mr Johnson’s support for the Turkish intervention is remarkable for its short-sightedness.

Russia’s military victory masks diplomatic impotence in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2017

Damascus has continually rebuffed Russian efforts to pivot to a political track, highlighting Moscow’s apparent inability to rein in its client.

The problem with a “shoot-to-kill” policy on foreign fighters (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 13 December 2017

The policy is certainly morally questionable, but is it also unlawful?

Egypt's counterterrorism strategy: The missing element (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 01 December 2017

Egypt’s government is not currently a constructive partner for the West in fighting violent extremism

Destabilising Lebanon will only strengthen Hezbollah (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 07 November 2017

Europeans should work to blunt the impact of Saudi Arabia’s strategy and prevent dangerous confrontation.

Kurdish referendum fallout threatens Western interests in the Middle East (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 01 November 2017

If Europe fails to up its diplomatic engagement with the Kurds it will lose influence to Tehran and Ankara.

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Let the tempest pass (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 23 September 2017

The vote is more an expression of Kurdish aspirations than an act of separation.

Can the Kurds lead in Syria? (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 24 August 2017

The urgent issue for the Kurds is to develop a governance model that will work in Kurdish majority as well as Arab majority areas.