Articles on Syria

Managed chaos: Russia’s deal with Turkey on northern Syria (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 03 November 2019

Russia is now in charge of a multi-front war. It will need to manage relations between multiple local actors very carefully.

Leverage, for now: Turkey’s deal with Russia on northern Syria (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 30 October 2019

Erdogan's government views the deal as a testament to its ability to act independently of Washington even in areas where there is a US military presence.

Another fine mess: Syria after the US exit (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey & Jeremy Shapiro - 16 October 2019

Turkey’s invasion means Europeans can no longer be bystanders to Syria. They must now take three urgent steps.

A tribunal for ISIS fighters? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 31 May 2019

The goal of establishing an international tribunal to prosecute ISIS fighters is gaining momentum in European capitals, however, whether this aspiration can be translated into a credible policy remains to be seen

The price of disengagement: Syria and the Brussels III conference (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 March 2019

At the Brussels III fundraising conference, the question of how to help civilians without legitimizing the ascendant Assad regime looms large. 

The economic war on Syria: Why Europe risks losing (Commentary)

Nour Samaha - 11 February 2019

Sanctions can never be ‘smart’; new EU and US measures on Syria are only likely to strengthen the regime, not weaken it

Russia’s hired guns in Africa (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 12 November 2018

The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence

Mad maximalism: The fight to dislodge Iran from Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 July 2018

As the war in Syria continues the focus is now on rooting out Iran rather than ousting Assad

Will the US and Russia go to war over Syria? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 13 April 2018

The good news is that neither Washington nor Moscow sees the advantage of a showdown on Syria. The bad news is that the confrontation could still escalate. 

Syria strikes: in search of a strategy (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 April 2018

It remains hard to see how this US administration will produce a wider strategy for Syria that both allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation.