Languages: English, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: Middle East, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq
Julien Barnes-Dacey is a senior policy fellow with the Middle East & North Africa programme where he focuses on European policy towards Syria, the wider Mashreq and the Gulf. His recent publications include ‘To end a war: Europe’s role in bringing peace to Syria’, ‘The war next door: Syria and the erosion of stability in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey’ and ‘Responding to an Assertive Gulf’.
Julien has worked as a researcher and journalist across the Middle East. Based in Syria from 2007 to 2011, he reported for the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. Previously, he was editor of Niqash, an Iraqi news service and worked for the Cairo Times in Egypt. He also headed the MENA practice at Control Risks, a private sector political consultancy.
Julien has a BA in History from the London School of Economics, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies and studied Arabic at the Institut français du Proche-Orient.
How the EU should not respond to the crisis in Iraq
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
Mark Leonard talks to Wider Europe expert Kadri Liik and Middle East expert Julien Barnes-Dacy about nationalism and world view in Russia and Syria.
The Geneva II conference on Syria will finally convene in Switzerland next week. Prospects for an immediate or dramatic breakthrough are decidedly bleak, yet that should not be the bar against which the merits of convening Geneva II should be measured.
Mark Leonard hosts a discussion with Daniel Levy, Anthony Dworkin, and Julien Barnes-Dacey on the Arab Spring and current events in the Middle East - from Egypt's referendum to the war in Syria and the upcoming Geneva II conference.
Egypt's unsustainable crackdown - Anthony Dworkin & Helene Michou
Syria's uprising within an uprising - Rania Abouzeid
The Honey Guide - Richard Crompton
The Triumph of Democracy and the Eclipse of the West - Ewan Harrison & Sara McLaughlin Mitchell
Rough Justice: The International Criminal Court's Battle to Fix the World, One Prosecution at a Time - David Bosco
The Circle - Dave Eggers
What will be the big foreign policy trends in 2014? Mark Leonard talks to Julien Barnes-Dacey and Vessela Tcherneva about what will shape the politics in the Middle East/North Africa and the Eastern Neighbourhood/Russia.
Bookshelf: Sectarian Gulf: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring That Wasn't by Toby Matthiesen, Sectarian Politics in the Gulf: From the Iraq War to the Arab Uprisings by Frederic Wehrey, Freud's Sister: A Novel by Goce Smilevski, La fin du rêve européen by François Heisbourg.
Before any Western intervention in the Syrian conflict, eight key issues need to be considered - from the goals of intervention and the legal issue to the regional impact and the possibility of a diplomatic alternative.
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12th September, 2017
National politics need to be front and centre in de-escalation efforts.
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 04th July, 2016
Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have so far been resilient to the spillover from Syria’s civil war, but now the region's stability is hanging by a thread.
Ruth Citrin speaks with Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Hugh Lovatt, about the state of play in the MENA region and the considerations for Europeans after one year in office of US president Donald Trump. The Podcast was recorded on 16 January 2018.
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Policy Fellows Hugh Lovatt, Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey about reactions to Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the new divergence between Washington and Europe across the Middle East.
Podcast du Black Coffee Morning « Que peut faire l’Europe pour établir la paix en Syrie ? » du 22/09/2017 animé par Julien Barnes-Dacey, Senior Policy Fellow à l’ECFR, Michel Duclos, conseiller spécial de l’Institut Montaigne, et Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris de l’ECFR.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR's policy fellows Kadri Liik and Julien Barnes-Dacey about Trump's air strikes on Syria and what they mean for the other actors involved.
The podcast was recorded over the phone on 7th April 2017.
Anton Shekhovtsov, Russia and the Western Far Right: Tango Noir
Maxine David, National Perspectives on Russia
Philippe Sands, East West Street
Philipp Howard, Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR Senior Policy Fellows Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Anthony Dworkin about the Syrian situation and the prospects of a political solution.
This discussion is followed by an interview with Piotr Buras, head of ECFR Warsaw office, on the current political crisis in Poland.
The podcast was recorded on 21 December 2016.
Rosa Brooks - How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything. A Reluctant Peacenik View from the Inside of the Military Complex
Henry Kissinger - World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History
Christian Welzel - Freedom Rising
Ian Clarkson - Praising Change
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ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR policy fellows Ellie Geranmayeh, Julien Barnes-Dacey and Mattia Toaldo, about the recent talks in Vienna where foreign minister met up to discuss Libya and the growing threat of ISIS in the country, and new developments in Syria. The podcast was recorded on 23 May 2016.
In the light of what we know by Zia Haidar Rahman
Trilogy by Elena Ferrante
Dateline Baghdad by Luke Baker
Forces for good by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant
Five films that will help you understand the modern Arab world by Shohini Chaudhuri
Intervening better: Europe’s second chance in Libya by Mattia Toaldo
The seventh sense: Power, fortune and survival in the age of networks by Joshua Cooper Ramo
After more than a year of war, representatives of Yemen's warring factions are now gathering to discuss a potential peace settlement. What are the odds that these talks can deliver meaningful progress, how can respective interests be secured and what is needed to prevent an unravelling? Mohamed Abulahoumm, founder and president of Yemen's Justice and Building Party, and Adam Baron, ECFR Visiting Fellow, discuss.
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