Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

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.  

Europe must end its silence on Syria (Commentary)

Franziska Brantner & Norbert Röttgen - 02 December 2016

ECFR Council members call for European states to provide emergency airlift services in Aleppo and implement additional sanctions on Russia for its complicity in war crimes.

The battle for Mosul: So far so good (Commentary)

Hayder al-Khoei - 28 October 2016

The military plan A is working well, for now. But if it encounters problems, the myriad of actors involved could start to pull in different directions, to the detriment of Mosul’s future.

Aleppo is paying for Russia’s imagined global threat (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 10 October 2016

Russia's brutality in Aleppo reflects Moscow’s perspective on warfighting, its military capabilities, and its sense of threat. 

Turkey joins the fray: What the Turkish invasion means for the Syrian civil war (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 August 2016

The intervention signals an unexpected convergence of a significant number of actors who have found common cause in working against the Kurds.

Turkey’s failed coup could be good news for international action on Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh - 28 July 2016

Turkey's constrained military and inward focus could soften its 'Assad must go' policy. 

The latest battle in Fallujah is a symbol of the futility of US efforts in Iraq (Commentary)

Jeremy Shapiro - 30 May 2016

The battle to retake the Iraqi city of Fallujah has begun: 20,000 Iraqi soldiers, backed by US air power and advisers, are attempting to expel some 800 to 1,000 ISIS fighters.

Saving Syria's ceasefire (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 April 2016

Despite its limitations, the current US-Russian brokered ceasefire offers the best chance of moving the Syria conflict towards a poltiical resolution