Languages: English, Arabic, French
Areas of Expertise: Middle East; Syria; Lebanon; Jordan; Iraq
Julien Barnes-Dacey is the director of the Middle East & North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His primary topic of focus is European policy towards Syria, the wider Mashreq, and the Gulf.
Barnes-Dacey's recent publications include "To end a war: Europe’s role in bringing peace to Syria," "The war next door: Syria and the erosion of stability in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey," and "Responding to an Assertive Gulf." He has worked as a researcher and journalist across the Middle East. Based in Syria from 2007 to 2011, he reported for the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor. Previously, he was editor of Niqash, an Iraqi news service and worked for the Cairo Times in Egypt. He also headed the MENA practice at Control Risks, a private sector political consultancy.
Barnes-Dacey holds a BA in History from the London School of Economics, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and studied Arabic at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient.
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.
Julien Barnes-Dacey - 26 July, 2013
Julien Barnes-Dacey explains the wider impact of the Syria conflict on its neighbours, in the second of two podcasts. For a downloadable and ereader-friendly report, click here.
Julien Barnes-Dacey - 24 July, 2013
Julien Barnes-Dacey explains which countries are driving the conflict in Syria to Nicholas Walton, in the first of two podcasts on Syria's neighbours.. For a downloadable and ereader-friendly report, click here.
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…
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.
Julien Barnes-Dacey - 20 November, 2012
Economic challenges are fanning new tensions in Jordan
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 21st April, 2020
European governments should pivot to a strategy focused on protecting those societal forces that are still standing and that can help salvage a better future
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12th September, 2017
National politics need to be front and centre in de-escalation efforts.
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 04th July, 2016
Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have so far been resilient to the spillover from Syria’s civil war, but now the region's stability is hanging by a thread.
by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Susi Dennison, Anthony Dworkin, Francisco de Borja Lasheras, Ellie Geranmayeh, François Godement, Andrew Hammond, Daniel Levy, Kadri Liik, Angela Stanzel, Rachel Tausendfreund, Mattia Toaldo, Andrew Wilson - 29th January, 2015
by Julien Barnes-Dacey - 20th November, 2012
Julien Barnes-Dacey - 20 April, 2020
ECFR Conversation with Ibrahim Kalin, Spokesman and Senior Advisor to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Chaired by Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of ECFR’s MENA programme, this conversation assessed the Turkish fight against coronavirus, the…
27 March, 2020
Last week’s episode saw our experts dissecting the coronavirus’ implications for Europe. In today's episode, we’re breaking down how the crisis is unfolding in the rest of the world. From the Middle East to Russia and Asia, and all over across the Atlantic…
The European Union faces a multi-crisis situation at the moment. As the conflict in Idlib and the circumstances at the Greek-Turkish border has erupted, Europe seems to have troubles to respond to latest developments in the Syrian war and threats from Turkey. Host Mark Leonard…
6 January, 2020
With the US-killing of the Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani, the Middle East has been yet again sent in the heart to geopolitical uncertainty and frenzy. What does the killing mean for the future of the region, the Iran Nuclear Deal and the US role within it? Was there…
14 October, 2019
Turkey's offensive into northeast Syria is moving at an unprecedented pace with grave consequences. Europe's utter irrelevance in the face of US withdrawal from the Turkish/Syrian border has been thrown in to stark light, particularly as it fails to take…
This week, ECFR director Mark Leonard discusses with experts Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey the French president Emmanuel Macron's bold initiative: Europeans are now to explore a credit line for Iran to entice the sanctions-battered country to keep abiding by an…
Podcast de notre discussion du 17 mai « Where next for Syrians ? » en présence de Jasmine El-Gamal, chercheuse invitée au programme MENA de l’ECFR, Bassma Kodmani, directrice de Arab Reform Initiative, et Julien Barnes-Dacey, directeur du…