Articles on Syria

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.

ECFR Syria expert gives evidence to parliament (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 11 September 2015

Julien Barnes-Dacey explores to what extent the regional powers are responsible for the state of the conflict in Syria today.

Ankara’s risky offensive (Commentary)

Cale Salih - 27 July 2015

Abandoning the Kurdish peace process may prove a high price to pay for Turkish support against Islamic State.

Will air strikes in Syria work? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02 July 2015

The idea that the UK can make a meaningful difference by expanding air strikes is far-fetched

Kurds demand unity amid battle against Islamic State (Commentary)

Cale Salih - 15 January 2015

In the face of a common enemy in IS, public demand for Kurdish unity across borders is growing.

Encouraging regional ownership of the fight against the Islamic State (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Ellie Geranmayeh & Daniel Levy - 12 January 2015

The West needs to push regional actors to assume their responsibilities in confronting the threat posed by IS.

Syria Refugee Conference confirms need for action (Commentary)

Priya Shah - 07 November 2014

Countries bordering Syria, such as Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, welcomed the Berlin Conference on the refugee situation in Syria and supporting stability in the region on 28 October.

US air strikes in Syria and the fight against the Islamic State (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 23 September 2014

Both Assad and his rebel opponents hope to leverage the US fight against the Islamic State to help them win the civil war. 

Europe desperately seeking answers on Iraq (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 14 August 2014

While the crisis in Iraq deepens, Europe has been slow to react - reluctant to be drawn into another quagmire in the region. 

To fix Iraq, don’t lose sight of Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 13 August 2014

A fundamental ingredient is still missing in shaping a coherent – though challenging - strategy for targeting IS in Iraq.