Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

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

A tribunal for ISIS fighters? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 31 May 2019

The goal of establishing an international tribunal to prosecute ISIS fighters is gaining momentum in European capitals, however, whether this aspiration can be translated into a credible policy remains to be seen

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