Articles on Syria

Aleppo is paying for Russia’s imagined global threat (Commentary)

Mark Galeotti - 10 October 2016

Russia's brutality in Aleppo reflects Moscow’s perspective on warfighting, its military capabilities, and its sense of threat. 

Turkey joins the fray: What the Turkish invasion means for the Syrian civil war (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 August 2016

The intervention signals an unexpected convergence of a significant number of actors who have found common cause in working against the Kurds.

Turkey’s failed coup could be good news for international action on Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh - 28 July 2016

Turkey's constrained military and inward focus could soften its 'Assad must go' policy. 

Saving Syria's ceasefire (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 April 2016

Despite its limitations, the current US-Russian brokered ceasefire offers the best chance of moving the Syria conflict towards a poltiical resolution

Turkish-Kurdish race to seize ISIS territory (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 12 April 2016

Turkey has entered open war with ISIS and is attempting to stifle Kurdish gains in norther Syria

Russia's Syria withdrawal: a game changer? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 18 March 2016

Having improved the regime's position on the ground, Russia now looks set to move forward its own political track

Aleppo under siege (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 08 February 2016

Keeping the political track alive is the only way to break cycle of death and devastation in Syria as regime closes on rebel stronghold

Cameron's case for Syria strikes falls short (Commentary)

Daniel Levy - 30 November 2015

In the absence of an adequate political and diplomatic strategy, bombing in Syria may do more harm than good

What can we expect from Russia in Syria? (Commentary)

Kadri Liik - 27 November 2015

Russia's entry into the Syria conflict was a curveball for the West – but what does it want?

Russia's Syrian intervention (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 05 October 2015

Snap analysis on the nature of Russia's involvement from an ECFR Syria expert.