Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

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.

Syria talks must narrow the goals to widen the goal posts (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 03 March 2017

Europe can help set a forward-looking agenda by encouraging a pragmatic approach focussed on smaller, achievable aims. 

Turn the search light outwards (Commentary)

Francisco de Borja Lasheras - 15 February 2017

In focusing exclusively on Western crimes, parts of the European Left are letting Putin and Assad off the hook for Syria and Ukraine.

Russia’s Syria Quandary (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 27 January 2017

The Astana process may represent a moment of new Russian seriousness.

Learning the right lessons from Aleppo (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 23 December 2016

We may need to lower our expectations and recognise the inherent limitations and trade-offs of seeking to reduce atrocities overseas.

The first Trump test: European policy and the Siege of Aleppo (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2016

There is no longer any real hope of deposing Assad. Europe must instead work towards an ugly deal that salvages something for the Syrian people.