Julien Barnes-Dacey

Trump’s Saudi speech hints at new risks

Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia marked a shift in US positioning that is likely to feed rather than temper conflict conditions in the region

Time to play the money card in Syria

Despite understandable hesitation, European leaders should increase stabilisation support for Syria, and accept that assistance can no longer be tied to an unattainable transition

Six problems with Trump’s anti-ISIS strategy

The emerging picture is of an administration single-mindedly focused on inflicting military defeats, at the expense of the more complicated political dimensions needed to underpin sustainable solutions

Russia’s Syria Quandary

The Astana process may represent a moment of new Russian seriousness