Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

How worried should we be about Al-Baghdadi’s new “Islamic State”? (Commentary)

Andrew Hammond - 02 July 2014

The “Islamic State” caliphate declared by ISIS is a problem, but mainly for Iraq.

Syria and Iraq: One conflict or two? (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 27 June 2014

Recent weeks have highlighted more clearly than ever the growing symbiosis between the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. 

Iraq, forge of the 21st century (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 25 June 2014

Bush gave Saddam a kicking, but left Iran to rule over a region infested with terrorists.

The rise of ISIS in Iraq - 3 mistakes to avoid (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 24 June 2014

How the EU should not respond to the crisis in Iraq

Syria after the elections: Assad victorious? (Commentary)

- 17 June 2014

Assad's "election" and the Syrian quagmire

Europe turns to the ICC on Syria - a sign of hopelessness? (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 23 April 2014

The EU's call to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court stands as a reminder of how few options the EU has.

Syria: the worst foreign policy catastrophe of modern times? (Commentary)

Peter Hain - 28 March 2014

The horror in Syria is not simply the result of the regime's brutality, but also of monumental foreign policy misjudgements in Britain.

Iraqi Elections and Maliki’s Gamble (Commentary)

Myriam Benraad - 26 March 2014

Fears stemming from the radicalization of Iraq’s Sunni population—and Iraqis’ disillusionment with politics—could propel Maliki into an unpopular third term. 

The 1,001 lives of al-Qaeda in Iraq (Commentary)

Myriam Benraad - 29 January 2014

The violence of recent events that have struck Iraq over the course of recent weeks poses questions not only about Iraq’s continuing transition but also about al-Qaeda’s ascendancy in the country.

Making the most of Geneva II (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 17 January 2014

The Geneva II conference on Syria will finally convene in Switzerland next week. Prospects for an immediate or dramatic breakthrough are decidedly bleak, yet that should not be the bar against which the merits of convening Geneva II should be measured.