Articles on Syria

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. 

Three views on Turkey's Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz & Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 January 2018

What Turkey's intervention means for Syria, the Kurds, and Ankara.

UK too complacent on Turkish Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 23 January 2018

Mr Johnson’s support for the Turkish intervention is remarkable for its short-sightedness.

Russia’s military victory masks diplomatic impotence in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2017

Damascus has continually rebuffed Russian efforts to pivot to a political track, highlighting Moscow’s apparent inability to rein in its client.

Can the Kurds lead in Syria? (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 24 August 2017

The urgent issue for the Kurds is to develop a governance model that will work in Kurdish majority as well as Arab majority areas.