Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

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.

US must avoid a war with Iran in eastern Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 17 June 2017

Some in Washington hope the US can cut off Iran’s regional influence in eastern Syria, but that’s a recipe for endless war.

Why the G7 can’t agree a response to Syria (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 11 April 2017

The group could not make a decision on sanctions against Russia.

Trump and Syria: the entanglement begins? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 07 April 2017

Much of the Syrian opposition and its regional backers will view US strikes as the thin end of the wedge

Time to play the money card in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 30 March 2017

Despite understandable hesitation, European leaders should increase stabilisation support for Syria, and accept that assistance can no longer be tied to an unattainable transition.

Six problems with Trump’s anti-ISIS strategy (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 28 March 2017

The emerging picture is of an administration single-mindedly focused on inflicting military defeats, at the expense of the more complicated political dimensions needed to underpin sustainable solutions.