Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

4 ways Europeans should respond to the Lebanon and Iraq protests (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 08 November 2019

Europeans can help the Lebanese and Iraqi people achieve their reform goals. Here’s how.

Managed chaos: Russia’s deal with Turkey on northern Syria (Commentary)

Gustav Gressel - 03 November 2019

Russia is now in charge of a multi-front war. It will need to manage relations between multiple local actors very carefully.

Leverage, for now: Turkey’s deal with Russia on northern Syria (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 30 October 2019

Erdogan's government views the deal as a testament to its ability to act independently of Washington even in areas where there is a US military presence.

Clumsy but useful? The German defence minister’s initiative for northern Syria (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 29 October 2019

The widely dismissed proposal can still serve a valuable purpose if it relaunches a debate on how Europe can act with long-overdue relevance in Syria.

Lebanon protests: A now-or-never moment? (Commentary)

Kareem Chehayeb - 25 October 2019

The demonstrations in Lebanon are unprecedented in scale. But European governments remain wary.

Another fine mess: Syria after the US exit (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey & Jeremy Shapiro - 16 October 2019

Turkey’s invasion means Europeans can no longer be bystanders to Syria. They must now take three urgent steps.

European foreign fighters in Syria: The cost of inaction (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 15 October 2019

Repatriation remains the most effective way for EU member states to assess each case, prosecute jihadists where necessary, and interrogate returnees to learn more about ISIS methods and plans.

Iraq after the “October protests”: A different country (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood - 11 October 2019

Popular protests are no new phenomenon in Iraq. But this latest round may transform both the government and the country.

The geopolitics of reconstruction: Who will rebuild Syria? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 16 September 2019

Rebuilding Syria will not be needs driven, rather the regime will aim to subdue the emergence of meaningful civilian opposition

A framework for European-Russian cooperation in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 17 June 2019

If European-Russian cooperation is to move forward in Syria both sides need to settle for an outcome that delivers less than what they currently seek