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.
Mark Leonard speaks with ECFR experts Asli Aydintasbas, Kadri Liik, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil about how the international community might respond.
Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story by Henry Morgenthau
Joseph Conrad: A Biography by Jeffrey Meyers
Brother’s Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
La mondialisation des pauvres by Armelle Choplin and Olivier Pliez
Alone in the desert? How France can lead Europe in the Middle East by Manuel Lafont Rapnouil
Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 April 2018
It remains hard to see how this US administration will produce a wider strategy for Syria that both allows for meaningful impact and limits escalation.
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.
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 programme MENA de l’ECFR.
Mark Leonard speaks with Asli Aydintasbas, Jeremy Shapiro and Julien Barnes-Dacy about what effect the incident might have on relations between Saudi Arabia, the US and Turkey. The podcast was recorded on the 16 October 2018.
The Jungle Grows Back by Robert Kagan
The River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Lords of the Desert by James Barr
Khashoggi disappearance: Time for an independent investigation by Julien Barnes-Dacey
Syrie : Quel rôle pour l'Europe ? Discussion avec Julien Barnes-Dacey, directeur du programme MENA de l'ECFR et Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, directeur du bureau de Paris.
Podcast de notre conférence du 1 octobre en partenariat avec l’Institut d’études de sécurité de l’Union européenne (EUISS) : « Russia and the Middle East » en présence de Nicu Popescu, directeur du programme Europe Elargie, Stanislav Secrieru, senior analyst à l’EUISS, Julien Barnes-Dacey, directeur du programme MENA et Timofey Borisov, chercheur au Centre de l'analyse des stratégies et technologies de Moscou (CAST).
Mark Leonard examines the looming Syrian-Russian military action in Idlib in discussion with ECFR experts Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Julien Barnes-Dacey, and Almut Möller. What do Turks and Europeans make of the possible humanitarian and geopolitical consequences?
The tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr
Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East by David D. Kirkpatrick
The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani
Francis Fukuyama Postpones the End of History by Louis Menand
The podcast was recorded on 12 September.
Mark Leonard speaks with Julien Barnes-Dacey and Tarek Megerisi about the Libyan conflict, the impact of the Paris summit, and Europe’s fight over migration policies in the country. The podcast was recorded on 29 June 2018.
Mark Leonard speaks with Adam Baron, Ellie Geranmayeh and Julien Barnes-Dacey about Yemen caught in the midst of a regional conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The podcast was recorded on 19 June 2018.