Experts & Staff

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: English, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq

Julien Barnes-Dacey is a senior policy fellow for ECFR’s Middle East & North Africa programme.

Julien has worked as a journalist across the Middle East. Based in Syria from 2007 to 2010, he reported for the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Financial Times and worked as a field producer for Channel 4 News (UK) and Al-Jazeera. Previously, he was editor of Niqash, an online Iraqi news service, and worked for the Cairo Times in Egypt from 2003 to 2004. 

Immediately prior to joining ECFR, Julien headed the MENA practice at Control Risks, a political consultancy advising businesses working across the region. He has also worked for Channel 4 News in London and Washington, D.C.

Julien has a BA in History from the London School of Economics and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He also studied Arabic at the Institut français du Proche-Orient in Damascus.

Latest from Julien Barnes-Dacey

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Will air strikes in Syria work? (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02nd July, 2015

The idea that the UK can make a meaningful difference by expanding air strikes is far-fetched

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France's deepening relations with the Gulf (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 30th June, 2015

France has growing strategic relevance in the Gulf region, but its new proximity is dependent on increasingly unconditional support for Gulf regional policies.

Cover: Responding to an assertive Gulf

Responding to an assertive Gulf

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 24th June, 2015

Europe’s relationships with the six Arab Gulf states that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have failed to keep up with their increasing importance

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Beyond ISIS and the Collapsing Levantine Order (Blog)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 10th June, 2015

The Levantine order is in a state of implosion and a new geography of power is emerging.


ECFR’s World in 30 Minutes: ISIS (Podcast)

28th May, 2015

ECFR's director Mark Leonard speaks to ECFR Middle East experts and policy fellows Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey about the geopolitics of ISIS and the role of the West.


The Fall of the Ottomans Empire by Eugen Rugen

The Rise of the Islamic State by Patrick Cockburn

The other Saudis by Toby Matthewson

The Islamic State through a regional lens by ECFR


The uncertain future of Yemen (Podcast)

30th March, 2015

ECFR Senior Policy Fellow, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Visiting Fellow, Adam Baron, discuss the recent developments in Yemen and take a look at where the situation is headed.

Saudi King Salman speaks with his delegations at the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, 28 March 2015 | REUTERS/Stringer

Why it may suit Iran to let the Saudis win in Yemen (Blog)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 30th March, 2015

Analysis: For outside powers, the Yemen crisis is part of a balancing act with the nuclear deal at its heart


ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (Podcast)

24th March, 2015

Syrian researcher Hassan Hassan and ECFR's Senior Policy Fellow Julien Barnes-Dacy discuss the challenges and threats posed by ISIS. 

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