Articles on Syria

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.

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.