Syria

How Turkey’s position on Ukraine is further destabilising Syria
How Turkey’s position on Ukraine is further destabilising Syria
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month announced an upcoming military operation in Syria, which followed heightened rhetoric against Finland and Sweden’s efforts to…
Turkey’s leverage over Russia – in Syria and beyond
Turkey’s leverage over Russia – in Syria and beyond
Russia’s current military fiasco in Ukraine could have a serious impact on Moscow’s position in Syria. A decision by Turkey to close its airspace to Russian planes flying to…
Iran’s energy diplomacy
Iran’s energy diplomacy
Much is made of Iran’s use of proxy or allied groups to exert “hard power” influence throughout the Middle East where Tehran believes its interests are under threat (Lebanon), or…
Did 9/11 change our world?
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Did 9/11 change our world?
We asked six experts, “Did 9/11 define our world? If so, how? If not, what did?” After each of their responses to these questions, editor Lydia Khalil challenges the experts…
Syria: The consequences of intellectual failure and moral neglect
Syria: The consequences of intellectual failure and moral neglect
Questions about what Western governments wish Syria to become ­– including where it fits in terms of their strategic interests, its humanitarian and population movement…
Bringing home Australian children trapped in Syrian camps
Bringing home Australian children trapped in Syrian camps
The Covid-19 pandemic has dominated global and local news to such an extent for the last 18 months that there remains room for little else. But the aftermath of military campaigns…
Syrian stasis
Syrian stasis
Of all the Middle East challenges facing the new Biden administration, Syria is unlikely to be at the top of the list. With the territorial defeat of Islamic State, it appears…
The Beirut explosion and the plight of Syrian refugees
The Beirut explosion and the plight of Syrian refugees
When you have the privilege of working in international relations, there are some experiences that stay with you for life. There are the places you go and the people you meet…
It’s always about the oil in the Middle East
It’s always about the oil in the Middle East
Despite US President Donald Trump’s claim that the United States no longer needed Middle East oil following the attacks on the Abqaiq production facilities in Saudi Arabia in…
The obstacles to Syrian aid
The obstacles to Syrian aid
On Saturday last week, following weeks of lobbying by humanitarian agencies and difficult diplomatic negotiations, the UN Security Council renewed its authorisation for the UN and…