Syria / Iraq / Lebanon

A tribunal for ISIS fighters?

The goal of establishing an international tribunal to prosecute ISIS fighters is gaining momentum in European capitals, however, whether this aspiration can be translated into a credible policy remains to be seen

When Iran goes to Iraq: The significance of Rouhani’s trip

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official trip to Iraq signals the beginning of a new chapter in Iran-Iraq relations, one that rising tensions between Tehran and Washington could complicate. 

What Europe should do about Syria

European states pushing to re-engage must not offer Assad cost-free re-legitimisation

Warsaw ‘Iran’ summit: What lies beneath

ECFR experts share their insight into the manouevres around next month’s US-Poland summit. What does it mean for the JPCOA, and what steps should European countries take in response?

Russia’s hired guns in Africa

The involvement of Russian private military companies in Africa is rapidly growing, and with it, their political and economic influence

Idlib: the last attack

Rebels may hold out longer than expected, but there seems little doubt the Assad regime will eventually prevail in the imminent assault on Idlib