Articles on Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

Three views on Turkey's Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz & Asli Aydıntaşbaş & Julien Barnes-Dacey - 25 January 2018

What Turkey's intervention means for Syria, the Kurds, and Ankara.

UK too complacent on Turkish Syria intervention (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 23 January 2018

Mr Johnson’s support for the Turkish intervention is remarkable for its short-sightedness.

Russia’s military victory masks diplomatic impotence in Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 15 December 2017

Damascus has continually rebuffed Russian efforts to pivot to a political track, highlighting Moscow’s apparent inability to rein in its client.

The problem with a “shoot-to-kill” policy on foreign fighters (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 13 December 2017

The policy is certainly morally questionable, but is it also unlawful?

Egypt's counterterrorism strategy: The missing element (Commentary)

Anthony Dworkin - 01 December 2017

Egypt’s government is not currently a constructive partner for the West in fighting violent extremism

Destabilising Lebanon will only strengthen Hezbollah (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 07 November 2017

Europeans should work to blunt the impact of Saudi Arabia’s strategy and prevent dangerous confrontation.

Kurdish referendum fallout threatens Western interests in the Middle East (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 01 November 2017

If Europe fails to up its diplomatic engagement with the Kurds it will lose influence to Tehran and Ankara.

Iraqi Kurdish referendum: Let the tempest pass (Commentary)

Ruth Citrin - 23 September 2017

The vote is more an expression of Kurdish aspirations than an act of separation.

Can the Kurds lead in Syria? (Commentary)

Guney Yildiz - 24 August 2017

The urgent issue for the Kurds is to develop a governance model that will work in Kurdish majority as well as Arab majority areas.

US must avoid a war with Iran in eastern Syria (Commentary)

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 17 June 2017

Some in Washington hope the US can cut off Iran’s regional influence in eastern Syria, but that’s a recipe for endless war.