Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

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.
 

Escalation nation: Iraq and the US-Iran rivalry (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad - 13 March 2020

While Washington and Tehran appear eager to avoid a direct conflict with each other, the cycle of military aggression in Iraq could drag the country into deeper instability.

Syrian voices: Where next for European policy? (Commentary)

- 11 March 2020

Seven Syrians discuss how Europe can improve its approach to Syria.

Iraq's unsustainable status quo (Commentary)

Sajad Jiyad - 27 February 2020

As the problems facing Iraq continue to mount, the window of opportunity for undertaking deep and lasting reforms is closing fast. 

How Europe should respond to the assault on Idlib (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 24 February 2020

A horrific humanitarian crisis is unfolding on Europe’s doorstep and Europeans are nowhere to be seen. 

Idlib chaos: The latest test for Turkish-Russian ties (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 12 February 2020

Turkey and Syria are now at war – but the ultimate arbiter of what happens next is likely to be Vladimir Putin.