Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

Protracted, neglected, and ineffective: Lessons from the Lebanon tribunal (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 04 September 2020

International courts are no substitute for politics – not least when the countries that set them up fail to back them.

After the Beirut blast: Lebanon’s descent into chaos (Commentary)

Georges Haddad - 28 August 2020

It is imperative that the European Union provide sustained support to key actors in Lebanon, working around the Lebanese state wherever possible.

Economic meltdown in the Middle East: How Europe can soften the impact (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 02 July 2020

Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq are all teetering on the brink of economic collapse. Europe cannot afford to be a helpless bystander.

Politicised aid: Why Europe should sustain cross-border humanitarian assistance to northern Syria (Commentary)

Kelly Petillo & René Wildangel - 29 June 2020

European countries should work to renew the UN Security Council resolution on cross-border humanitarian access to northern Syria, lest the area slides into a deeper humanitarian crisis.

Time for a reset: Iraq’s new prime minister and the US-Iran rivalry (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad - 11 May 2020

Iraq needs to reset its relations with both Tehran and Washington in a way that protects Iraqi sovereignty and allows the central government to reassert control over the security apparatus.

The path through Moscow: How Europe can help Syria (Commentary)

Bassma Kodmani - 07 May 2020

Syrian opposition figure calls on Europe to work closely with Washington to build on growing Russian frustration with the Assad regime and increase their demands of Moscow.

Why the 'ignored war' in Libya will come to haunt a blinkered west (Commentary)

Tarek Megerisi - 25 March 2020

Europe seems unconcerned by the chaos smouldering on its doorstep, as Libya’s five-year-old conflict becomes world’s main theatre of drone combat.

Haven and hell: How the EU should protect refugees during the covid-19 crisis (Commentary)

René Wildangel - 24 March 2020

Even as it comes under intense pressure during the current crisis, the EU should not fail the most vulnerable displaced persons.