Articles on Syria

Learning the right lessons from Aleppo (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 23 December 2016

We may need to lower our expectations and recognise the inherent limitations and trade-offs of seeking to reduce atrocities overseas.

The first Trump test: European policy and the Siege of Aleppo (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2016

There is no longer any real hope of deposing Assad. Europe must instead work towards an ugly deal that salvages something for the Syrian people.  

Europe must end its silence on Syria (Commentary)

Franziska Brantner & Norbert Röttgen - 02 December 2016

ECFR Council members call for European states to provide emergency airlift services in Aleppo and implement additional sanctions on Russia for its complicity in war crimes.

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