Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

Syria's uprising within an uprising (Commentary)

Rania Abouzeid - 16 January 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS), a transnational ultraconservative Islamist group has been a thorn in the Syrian revolution since its inception in April 2013. The group is at the centre of a new round of infighting in rebel-held Syria.

Don’t pretend the U.N. can save Syria (Commentary)

Richard Gowan - 13 September 2013

It is time to set Lakhdar Brahimi free. After a year's service as envoy for the United Nations and Arab League to Syria, the veteran Algerian mediator faces the final breakdown of his efforts to end the war.

Syria and the politicisation of British foreign policy (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 03 September 2013

With the parliamentary rejection of a major foreign policy initiative, Britain has crossed a watershed in foreign policy making, but the question is not about whether the UK engages with the world. It is about how its foreign policy is made.

Eight things to consider before intervening in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Anthony Dworkin & Daniel Levy - 28 August 2013

Before any Western intervention in the Syrian conflict, eight key issues need to be considered - from the goals of intervention and the legal issue to the regional impact and the possibility of a diplomatic alternative.

The regional struggle for Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey & Daniel Levy - 29 July 2013

Two years after the beginning of an uprising against President Bashar-al-Assad, Syria is gripped by an ever deepening civil war that is having a significant impact on the entire region.


Syria: the view from Israel (Commentary)

Dimi Reider - 20 June 2013

Israel’s strategic approach to Syria can be described as wary, pragmatic and broken down into specific micro areas of threats and interests rather than comprising a comprehensive picture of what kind of Syria it would like to see, and what it could do to facilitate this outcome.


Syria: the view from Lebanon (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 19 June 2013

Tensions in Lebanon, whose political fate has long been intimately tied to Syria, are sharpening rapidly as its neighbour sinks deeper into a sectarian civil war. But a growing number of clashes within Lebanon are now raising fears that a domestic eruption is becoming hard to avoid.


Syria: the view from Turkey (Commentary)

Nuh Yilmaz - 19 June 2013

The crisis in Syria has presented a profound challenge to Ankara’s orientation towards Damascus, forcing it to adapt to changing conditions on the ground that confounded the expectations of Turkish policy makers – as well as challenging its Zero Problem with Neighbors (ZPwN) foreign policy.


Syria: the view from Jordan (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 17 June 2013

Amman has gradually escalated its anti-Assad posture, providing wider political and military support in a bid to try and prevent the emergence of a chaotic no man’s land on its border, it continues to seek a political deal to end the conflict.