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About jonathanspyer

Jonathan Spyer is a Middle East analyst, author and journalist specializing in the areas of Israel, Syria and broader issues of regional strategy. He is a the director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and analysis (MECRA), a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for strategy and Security (JISS) and a Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

The Benefit of Clarity: Hizballah-dominated government emerges in Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 24/1 For the first time since the departure of Syrian troops from Lebanon in 1990, the latter country has a government in which only Hizballah and its allies are represented.  This is likely to have a significant negative effect … Continue reading

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Letter from Tel Tamr

A version of this article, entitled ‘New Year, same Chaos in Syria,’ appeared in the Australian Newspaper on 3/1 ‘On October 9th, at 3pm, the attack on Ras al-ain began.  There was artillery shelling.  We sent the women and children … Continue reading

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The Blood-Dimmed Tide

Jerusalem Post, 27/12 Syrian chaos reflects the conclusive breakdown of the post Cold War Regional Order   A number of significant developments under way in Syria reflect the confusing strategic situation in the region, as a variety of players compete … Continue reading

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The Riddle of Baghdad

Jerusalem Post, 13/12 Last week, five rockets were fired at the Ayn al-Asad base in Iraq’s Anbar Province.  The base is a facility housing US troops.  Ayn al-Asad is something of a symbol for the 5,000 strong US presence in … Continue reading

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‘Mr. Erdogan has settled your bill’

Jerusalem Post, 30/11 Turkey’s Burgeoning Strategic Relationship with Pakistan raises Nuclear Concerns President Recep Tayepp Erdogan of Turkey, in an address on September 4 this year to his ruling AKP party’s governing body, spoke openly of his country’s nuclear ambitions. … Continue reading

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Revolt Against Iran’s ‘System’ in Iraq and Lebanon

Jerusalem Post, 1/11 The Middle East is currently witnessing the first examples of popular rebellion in countries dominated by Iran.  In the very different contexts of Iraq and Lebanon, the protests now under way have a similar focus on political … Continue reading

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Some Further Thoughts on the Situation in Northern Syria

9/10 The way appears to have been cleared for an invasion of north east Syria by Turkey and its allied Sunni Islamist militias.  If such an invasion takes place, it will end one of the more successful partnerships achieved by … Continue reading

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