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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

Residents inspect a damaged site in what activists say was a U.S. strike in Kfredrian, Idlib province, September 23, 2014. © Abdalghne Karoof/Reuters

The Islamic State and the struggle for control in Syria (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02nd October, 2014

Both Assad and his rebel opponents hope to leverage the US fight against the Islamic State to help them win the civil war.

US air strikes in Syria and the fight against the Islamic State (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 23rd September, 2014

Both Assad and his rebel opponents hope to leverage the US fight against the Islamic State to help them win the civil war. 

Europe desperately seeking answers on Iraq (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 14th August, 2014

While the crisis in Iraq deepens, Europe has been slow to react - reluctant to be drawn into another quagmire in the region. 

To fix Iraq, don’t lose sight of Syria (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 13th August, 2014

A fundamental ingredient is still missing in shaping a coherent – though challenging - strategy for targeting IS in Iraq.

US President Barack Obama authorise military strikes against the ISIL, 7 August 2014. © DPA Picture Alliance/ Alamy

Fighting the Islamic State in Iraq (Blog)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 11th August, 2014

With Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki resisting calls to step down, US military strikes risk having little effect in combatting the Islamic State (IS).

Iraqi Sunni gunmen at a street in Tikrit, northern Iraq, 11 June 2014 © EPA European Pressphoto Agency B.V. / Alamy

Syria and Iraq: One conflict or two? (Commentary)

by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 27th June, 2014

Recent weeks have highlighted more clearly than ever the growing symbiosis between the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. 

The rise of ISIS in Iraq - 3 mistakes to avoid (Commentary)

by Daniel Levy & Julien Barnes-Dacey - 24th June, 2014

How the EU should not respond to the crisis in Iraq


ECFR’s World in 30 minutes: Iraq (Podcast)

20th June, 2014

Mark Leonard discusses the latest developments in Iraq with Myriam Benraad, Vessela Tcherneva and Julien Barnes-Dacy


Irak : l'EIIL est né des rancoeurs de 2004, la solution ne peut être que politique by Myriam Benraad
The Good Spy: the Life and Death of Robert Ames by Kai Bird
Superpowers don’t get to retire: what our tired country still owes to the world by Robert Kagan
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmad Saadawi

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