Articles on Syria

Syria and Iraq: One conflict or two? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 27 June 2014

Recent weeks have highlighted more clearly than ever the growing symbiosis between the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. 

Syria after the elections: Assad victorious? (Commentary)

- 17 June 2014

Assad's "election" and the Syrian quagmire

Europe turns to the ICC on Syria - a sign of hopelessness? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 23 April 2014

The EU's call to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court stands as a reminder of how few options the EU has.

Syria: the worst foreign policy catastrophe of modern times? (Commentary)

Peter Hain - 28 March 2014

The horror in Syria is not simply the result of the regime's brutality, but also of monumental foreign policy misjudgements in Britain.

Making the most of Geneva II (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 17 January 2014

The Geneva II conference on Syria will finally convene in Switzerland next week. Prospects for an immediate or dramatic breakthrough are decidedly bleak, yet that should not be the bar against which the merits of convening Geneva II should be measured.

Syria's uprising within an uprising (Commentary)

Rania Abouzeid - 16 January 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), a transnational ultraconservative Islamist group has been a thorn in the Syrian revolution since its inception in April 2013. The group is at the centre of a new round of infighting in rebel-held Syria.

Don’t pretend the U.N. can save Syria (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 13 September 2013

It is time to set Lakhdar Brahimi free. After a year's service as envoy for the United Nations and Arab League to Syria, the veteran Algerian mediator faces the final breakdown of his efforts to end the war.

Syria and the politicisation of British foreign policy (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 03 September 2013

With the parliamentary rejection of a major foreign policy initiative, Britain has crossed a watershed in foreign policy making, but the question is not about whether the UK engages with the world. It is about how its foreign policy is made.

Eight things to consider before intervening in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Anthony Dworkin & Daniel Levy - 28 August 2013

Before any Western intervention in the Syrian conflict, eight key issues need to be considered - from the goals of intervention and the legal issue to the regional impact and the possibility of a diplomatic alternative.

The regional struggle for Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 29 July 2013

Two years after the beginning of an uprising against President Bashar-al-Assad, Syria is gripped by an ever deepening civil war that is having a significant impact on the entire region.