Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

Russia’s hired guns in Africa (Commentary)

Sergey Sukhankin - 12 November 2018

The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence

Idlib: the last attack (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 07 September 2018

Rebels may hold out longer than expected, but there seems little doubt the Assad regime will eventually prevail in the imminent assault on Idlib 

Mad maximalism: The fight to dislodge Iran from Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 July 2018

As the war in Syria continues the focus is now on rooting out Iran rather than ousting Assad

Will the US and Russia go to war over Syria? (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 13 April 2018

The good news is that neither Washington nor Moscow sees the advantage of a showdown on Syria. The bad news is that the confrontation could still escalate. 

Syria strikes: in search of a strategy (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 April 2018

It remains hard to see how this US administration will produce a wider strategy for Syria that both allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation. 

Iraq: back to square one (Commentary)

Javi López - 29 March 2018

The success of the new EU strategy for Iraq will require a continuous and coordinated support with a long-term view that goes beyond the incidental military victories

Syria: New rules of the game? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 13 February 2018

As Syria’s civil war heads towards an end game, wider international fault lines are sharpening. Only Russia has the power to stop escalation but it is yet to choose its course.

Three views on Turkey's Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz & Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 January 2018

What Turkey's intervention means for Syria, the Kurds, and Ankara.

UK too complacent on Turkish Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 23 January 2018

Mr Johnson’s support for the Turkish intervention is remarkable for its short-sightedness.

Russia’s military victory masks diplomatic impotence in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2017

Damascus has continually rebuffed Russian efforts to pivot to a political track, highlighting Moscow’s apparent inability to rein in its client.