Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

When Iran goes to Iraq: The significance of Rouhani’s trip (Commentary)

Hussein Dawood & Ellie Geranmayeh - 13 March 2019

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official trip to Iraq signals the beginning of a new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations, one that rising tensions between Tehran and Washington could complicate. 

The price of disengagement: Syria and the Brussels III conference (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 March 2019

At the Brussels III fundraising conference, the question of how to help civilians without legitimizing the ascendant Assad regime looms large. 

In legal limbo: EU returnees in the post-ISIS era (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 26 February 2019

European governments are avoiding international obligations to take their own citizens back. And the Trump administration has noticed. 

The economic war on Syria: Why Europe risks losing (Commentary)

Nour Samaha - 11 February 2019

Sanctions can never be ‘smart’; new EU and US measures on Syria are only likely to strengthen the regime, not weaken it

What Europe should do about Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 28 January 2019

European states pushing to re-engage must not offer Assad cost-free re-legitimisation

Warsaw ‘Iran’ summit: What lies beneath (Commentary)

Piotr Buras & Ellie Geranmayeh & Jeremy Shapiro - 24 January 2019

ECFR experts share their insight into the manouevres around next month’s US-Poland summit. What does it mean for the JPCOA, and what steps should European countries take in response?

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.