Syria / Iraq / Lebanon: Publications

Policy Brief

A new Gaza: Turkey’s border policy in northern Syria

Asli Aydıntaşbaş - 28 May, 2020

EU member states can find ways to cooperate with Turkey to support stabilisation in parts of the safe zone, without violating their interests and core principle

Special

Deep sea rivals: Europe, Turkey, and new eastern Mediterranean conflict lines

Asli Aydıntaşbaş, Julien Barnes-Dacey, Cinzia Bianco, John V. Bowlus, Hugh Lovatt, Tarek Megerisi, Michaël Tanchum - 21 May, 2020

The eastern Mediterranean is becoming ever more perilous as geopolitical fault lines steadily enmesh the region. These rifts emerge from the Cyprus ‘frozen conflict’, competition for valuable gas fields, and the increasingly entangled wars in Libya and Syria.

Policy Brief

Society max: How Europe can help Syrians survive Assad and coronavirus

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 21 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

Policy Brief

Beyond good and evil: Why Europe should bring ISIS foreign fighters home

Anthony Dworkin - 25 October, 2019

EU member states have failed to come up with a coherent policy on how to handle the hundreds of their citizens having travelled to join ISIS in Syria.

Policy Brief

Can Assad win the peace?

Nour Samaha - 15 May, 2019

Policy Brief

When the weapons fall silent: Reconciliation in Sinjar after ISIS

Rania Abouzeid - 30 October, 2018

Hundreds of thousands of displaced persons in Sinjar are attempting to rebuild their lives after the brutal reign of ISIS

Special

The Middle East's new battle lines

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Ellie Geranmayeh, Hugh Lovatt - 17 May, 2018

An ECFR guide to the key disputes threatening to spark a wider Middle Eastern war

Policy Brief

Alone in the desert? How France can lead Europe in the Middle East

Manuel Lafont Rapnouil - 10 April, 2018

France sees the MENA region as a state for foreign policy and great power politics and an opportunity to shape global politics and punch above its weight.

To end a war: Europe’s role in bringing peace to Syria

Julien Barnes-Dacey - 12 September, 2017

National politics need to be front and centre in de-escalation efforts.