Experts & Staff

Julien Barnes-Dacey

Director, Middle East and North Africa programme

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.


Latest from Julien Barnes-Dacey

  • euronews

    17th September, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey comments on the meaningfulness of the meeting of the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey for the Syrian peace process

    BBC News

    11th September, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of the MENA programme at ECFR, is quoted on Hungarian-Syrian diplomatic relations and their divergence from EU sanctions.

    Al Jazeera

    31st July, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director, ECFR Mena, spoke to Al Jazeera about the tanker standoff and how it can help Boris Johnson influence US policy.

    Le Monde Blog

    20th April, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey is quoted by Le Monde Blog regarding the European Union and Syria. 

    World Politics Review

    18th March, 2019

    In an interview with WPR, Julien Barnes-Dacey explains why the EU cannot maintain a unified position on Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses.

    Foreign Policy

    08th March, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey comments on the debate over recognizing the Assad regime in order to help rebuild Syria. 

    El Periodico

    17th February, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey on ISIS' possible strategy after US withdrawal from Syria.


    24th January, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey on the possibility of a deal between Assad and Kurds in northern Syria.


    24th January, 2019

    Julien Barnes-Dacey on the need for Europe to collectively maximize its leverage over Assad as the civil war turns more decisively in his favor. 


    21st December, 2018

    Julien Barnes-Dacey discusses Europe's reaction to the announcement of US withdrawal from Syria