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Iraqi Kurdistan Four Months after the Referendum

Jerusalem Post, 20/1 Four months on from the referendum which they had hoped would be a foundation stone for the building of statehood, Iraq’s Kurds are demoralized and facing an increasingly uncertain future. The loss of Kirkuk to the Iraqi … Continue reading

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Wanted: A Counter-Iran Strategy

American Interest, 11/1 A common but mistaken reading of the current strategic situation in the Middle East presents the region as approaching the end of a period of instability. The “return of the Arab state” is one of the more arresting … Continue reading

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Iran: An Interim Assessment

Jerusalem Post, 13/1 The protests in Iran appear, for now at least, to be subsiding. The key moment was the decision to task the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps with security in the three provinces that formed the center of the … Continue reading

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An article in Hebrew on my work in Syria

Walla, 7/1 https://news.walla.co.il/item/3125239

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‘Tales From the Middle East Quagmire’ – Interviewed by Terrance Mintner for the Jerusalem Post magazine

22/12/17 In the summer of 2012, British-Israeli journalist Jonathan Spyer found himself in the basement of a hospital along with other Syrian civilians in bombed-out Aleppo City. They quickly took cover upon hearing the Assad regime’s aircraft patrolling the skies … Continue reading

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‘Days of the Fall’ now available

Over five years, Jonathan Spyer reported from the depths of the wars, spending time in Aleppo, Baghdad, Damascus, Mosul, Idlib, Hasaka and other frontline areas. He witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the conflict – the rescue of … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Deals in Reality

The Australian, 15/12 The neighborhood where I live, on the seam line dividing Jew and Arab in Jerusalem, can be a useful place to take the temperature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2015, a wave of stabbing attacks against Israelis … Continue reading

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