Writings by Jonathan Spyer

Articles by MEF Staff and Fellows
Title Publication Date
Revolt against Iran's 'System' in Iraq and Lebanon The Jerusalem PostOctober 31, 2019
Rojava Sundown: A Retrospective The Jerusalem PostOctober 18, 2019
Putin is the New King of Syria The Wall Street JournalOctober 16, 2019
U.S. Pullout Is a Boon for Assad Jonathanspyer.comOctober 9, 2019
Iran Opens a Second Front along Israel's Border The Wall Street JournalOctober 2, 2019
Islamist Archipelago: The Turkey-Qatar Nexus The Jerusalem PostSeptember 19, 2019
Saudi Arabia Is Losing Yemen to Iran The Jerusalem PostSeptember 6, 2019
The Iran-Israel War Is Here The Wall Street JournalAugust 28, 2019
Why the UAE Is Hedging Its Bets with Iran The Jerusalem PostAugust 22, 2019
No Peace, No War in the Gulf The AustralianAugust 10, 2019
Turkey's Gas Wars The Jerusalem PostAugust 1, 2019
Israeli Jets Appear to Have Struck Iraq for the First Time Since 1981 The Wall Street JournalAugust 1, 2019
The Syrian Sideshow The Jerusalem PostJuly 18, 2019
Getting Iran Out of Syria Is No Easy Task The Wall Street JournalJuly 9, 2019
Iraq's De-militiafication Is a Sham The Jerusalem PostJuly 4, 2019
Evidence Grows that Iran is Stationing Missiles Directed at Israel The Jerusalem PostMay 17, 2019
Iran's Grip on Gaza and Israel's Dilemma The AustralianMay 11, 2019
Arab Spring: The Second Coming? The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and SecurityMay 1, 2019
Generals vs Islamists in Libya The Jerusalem PostApril 24, 2019
Iran-Backed Militias Step Up the Battle in Iraq Wall Street JournalMarch 18, 2019
Syria's Civil War Is Now 3 Civil Wars Foreign PolicyMarch 18, 2019
The Fall of the Caliphate The Jerusalem PostMarch 7, 2019
How Tehran Plans to Control Syria The Jerusalem PostFebruary 1, 2019
A Cautious Alliance January 30, 2019
Will Turkey Invade Northeast Syria? The Jerusalem PostJanuary 11, 2019
Betrayal on the Euphrates jonathanspyer.comDecember 22, 2018
A New Order Emerges in Southern Syria as Assad Regains Control The Jerusalem PostDecember 2, 2018
The Return of ISIS Jonathanspyer.comNovember 2, 2018
Turkey Shells Kobani and Tel Abyad in Eastern Syria. What Are Its Next Moves? Middle East Center for Analysis and ReportingNovember 2, 2018
Leveraging Murder for Political Ambition: The Turkish and Qatari Way Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2018
Iran's Imploding Strategy Jerusalem PostOctober 5, 2018
Iraqis Protest Growing Iranian Influence in the Country Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2018
Syrian War: Uneasy Calm in US-protected Kurdish Enclave The AustralianSeptember 8, 2018
Israel's Secret War Against Iran Is Widening Foreign PolicySeptember 7, 2018
Erdoğan's Dilemma Jerusalem PostAugust 30, 2018
On Developing a Coherent US Regional Strategy Towards Iran, and Iran's Likely Response JISSAugust 17, 2018
The Future of Eastern Syria and the Israeli Interest Jerusalem PostAugust 15, 2018
Is Southern Syria Heading For 'Lebanonization'? Jerusalem PostJuly 12, 2018
Iran's Response: The 'Strategy Of Tension' Jerusalem PostJune 1, 2018
Game on: The New Strategy of the US and its allies in the Middle East Jerusalem PostMay 24, 2018
Putin's Endgame in Syria Has Arrived Foreign PolicyMay 24, 2018
Whoever you vote for – Hezbollah Wins Jerusalem PostMay 11, 2018
The Waiting Period The AustralianMay 11, 2018
The Great Distraction of Punitive Airstrikes The New RepublicApril 15, 2018
Erdogan's Shadow Army Jerusalem PostApril 13, 2018
The Sultan's Pleasure: Turkey Expands its Operations in Syria and Iraq The Jerusalem PostMarch 30, 2018
What a Crown Prince Wants The New RepublicMarch 20, 2018
A Turning Point in the Kurdish-Western Alliance? JPostMarch 1, 2018
Welcome to Syria 2.0 Foreign PolicyJanuary 25, 2018
Iraqi Kurdistan's Post-Referendum Isolation Boosts Iran The Jerusalem PostJanuary 20, 2018
Where Is the Latest Iranian 'Revolution' Headed? The Jerusalem PostJanuary 13, 2018
Beware Iran: The Current Middle East Lull Is Transient The American InterestJanuary 12, 2018
Who Is Qais al-Khazali, and Why Should You Care? The Jerusalem PostDecember 15, 2017
Jerusalem Deals in Reality The AustralianDecember 15, 2017
Tehran Is Winning the War for Control of the Middle East Foreign PolicyNovember 21, 2017
Iran Completes Its Land Bridge to the Golan The Jerusalem PostNovember 18, 2017
The Disastrous Results of the Iraqi Kurds' Referendum The Jerusalem PostOctober 27, 2017
The Fall of Kirkuk: Made in Iran The American InterestOctober 18, 2017
Turkey Plans Move to Box in Kurds in Northern Syria The Jerusalem PostOctober 14, 2017
Israel Prepares for War in Syria against Iran Foreign PolicySeptember 28, 2017
'Second Turkish Republic' Looks East for New Alliances The Jerusalem PostSeptember 15, 2017
And the Winner in Syria Is ... Iran The Jerusalem PostAugust 26, 2017
Is Washington Ceding Syria to Russian Influence? The Jerusalem PostJuly 28, 2017
A Match Made in History The American InterestJuly 17, 2017
Israel and Hezbollah: The Battle before the Battle The Jerusalem PostJuly 14, 2017
Will U.S. and Russian Forces Clash in Syria? Foreign PolicyJune 26, 2017
US Strategy and Israel's Stake in Eastern Syria The Jerusalem PostJune 24, 2017
A Pro-American Arab Alliance that Fights? The Jerusalem PostJune 9, 2017
Why Eastern Syria is Essential to Containing Iran The Jerusalem PostMay 26, 2017
Syria Has Effectively Ceased to Exist Foreign PolicyMay 19, 2017
Assad's Hollow Crown: A Journey through Regime-Held Syria The Jerusalem ReportMay 9, 2017
Who Will Dominate Iraq and Syria after ISIS? The Jerusalem PostMarch 10, 2017
Dispatch from Mosul The Jerusalem ReportMarch 7, 2017
The Battle for Mosul: A Frontline Report The AustralianFebruary 11, 2017
Only Washington Can Forge a Moderate Mideast Axis The Jerusalem PostFebruary 4, 2017
After the Fall of Aleppo The Jerusalem PostDecember 16, 2016
Iranian Kurds Join the Fight The American InterestDecember 15, 2016
Hezbollah vs. ISIS. vs. Israel The Jerusalem PostDecember 12, 2016
Syria's Interlocking Conflicts The Jerusalem PostNovember 11, 2016
Iran and Turkey Jostling for Power in Iraq The Jerusalem PostNovember 5, 2016
Disunity as Kurds, Turks, Shia, and Sunnis Fight over Mosul The AustralianOctober 8, 2016
What Follows the Defeat of ISIS in Mosul? The Jerusalem ReportSeptember 27, 2016
What's Ankara Doing in Syria? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 1, 2016
Who Should Rule Syria? The SpectatorAugust 20, 2016
Israel's Virtual Security Zone in Syria The Jerusalem PostAugust 12, 2016
U.S., European Elites Just Not Equipped to Deal with Islam's Insurgency PJ MediaJuly 25, 2016
Reflections on the Second Lebanon War, 10 Years On The Jerusalem PostJuly 12, 2016
Islamic State Shifts Strategy The Jerusalem PostJuly 8, 2016
Hezbollah Sinking in the Syrian Quagmire The Jerusalem ReportJune 16, 2016
Islamic State Moves to Libya The AustralianApril 23, 2016
Ready for the Storm: Protecting Israel's Border with Syria The Jerusalem PostApril 15, 2016
War and Madness The Jerusalem ReportMarch 28, 2016
Will the Syrian Ceasefire Last? The Jerusalem PostMarch 13, 2016
How Israel Navigated through the Hurricane of the Syrian Civil War The TowerMarch 8, 2016
The Syrian Cauldron Boils Over The Jerusalem PostFebruary 19, 2016
Is Assad's Russian-backed Offensive a Game-changer in Syria? The Jerusalem PostFebruary 5, 2016
In Syria, Locals Take the Fight Back to Islamic State The AustralianJanuary 23, 2016
Eclipse of the Caliphate The Jerusalem ReportJanuary 21, 2016
ISIS Is Not the Main Problem in the Middle East PJ MediaJanuary 19, 2016
Teheran vs. Riyadh The Jerusalem PostJanuary 8, 2016
Putin vs Erdogan The AustralianNovember 28, 2015
The Kurds Can Defeat ISIS if We Provide Incentives The Jerusalem PostNovember 22, 2015
Is It Iran's Middle East Now? FathomAutumn 2015
Last Month, Hamas Murdered My Friend's Father PJ MediaNovember 6, 2015
Israel is Avoiding the Abyss, For Now The AustralianOctober 31, 2015
Russian Intervention in Syria Isn't a 'Game Changer' The StrategistOctober 30, 2015
Houthi Retreat in Yemen Shows the Limits of Iranian Power The Jerusalem PostOctober 11, 2015
Russia in Syria: Putin Fills Strategic Vacuum in the Middle East The AustralianOctober 3, 2015
Is Syria Becoming a 'Frozen Conflict'? The Jerusalem PostSeptember 24, 2015
The Bear Steps In: Russia's Expanding Military Presence in Syria The Jerusalem PostSeptember 12, 2015
Rival Peace Plans Won't Save Syria The Jerusalem PostAugust 14, 2015
Erdogan's Bait and Switch in Northern Syria The Jerusalem PostJuly 31, 2015
Dispatch from Iraq: the Stealth Iranian Takeover Becomes Clear PJ MediaJuly 31, 2015
Sunni Arabs: Iran Deal Opens the 'Gates of Evil' The Jerusalem PostJuly 18, 2015
ISIS Surges in Sinai The Rubin CenterJuly 11, 2015
Dispatch from Iraq: The Ghosts of Old Baghdad The Jerusalem ReportJuly 8, 2015
Turkey's Syrian Kurdish Problem The Jerusalem PostJuly 4, 2015
Dispatch from Iraq: Iran-Backed Militias Keep ISIS at Bay, for a Price The AustralianJuly 4, 2015
Hizballah Deepens Its Involvement in Syria The Jerusalem PostMay 29, 2015
How Obama Lost Ramadi PJ MediaMay 18, 2015
A Tremor in Iranian Kurdistan The Jerusalem PostMay 14, 2015
Assad Not Finished Yet The Jerusalem PostMay 2, 2015
Islamic State Comes to Damascus The Jerusalem PostApril 18, 2015
The Mideast Battle Lines Are Drawn The Jerusalem ReportApril 16, 2015
Losing Ground in Iraq, ISIS Pushes Farther into Syria PJ MediaApril 9, 2015
The Middle East: In the Shadow of the Gunmen PJ MediaApril 4, 2015
A New Chapter in the Sunni-Shiite War The Jerusalem PostApril 4, 2015
The Kobani Precedent The Jerusalem ReportMarch 25, 2015
Heartbreaking Times for Syrian Kurdish Refugees The Jerusalem PostMarch 7, 2015
Four Rival Factions Pick Over Syria's Bones PJ MediaMarch 5, 2015
Iran's Second Front Against Israel PJ MediaFebruary 26, 2015
The Iran Axis Strikes Back in Golan Region The Jerusalem PostFebruary 14, 2015
Islamic State Defeat in Kobani Will Be Hard to Replicate The Jerusalem PostJanuary 29, 2015
The Other Side of Autocracy: State Collapse in Yemen PJ MediaJanuary 22, 2015
Game Not Over: Israel's Quneitra Attack in Context The Jerusalem PostJanuary 22, 2015
In Israel, Jewish Victims of Paris Terror Attack Find Peace The Weekly StandardJanuary 13, 2015
Reflections on the Murders in Paris PJ MediaJanuary 12, 2015
Qatar Seeks Reconciliation with Saudi-Egypt Axis The Jerusalem PostJanuary 11, 2015
Battle Lines Emerge in Israel's Election Campaign PJ MediaDecember 26, 2014
Islamic State Fighters are Moving Ever Closer Towards Israel The Jerusalem PostDecember 26, 2014
Iran and the Shia Militias Advance in Iraq The TowerDecember 2014
Sunni Political Islam: Engine of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict PJ MediaNovember 22, 2014
Fear and Loathing in Jerusalem New York Daily NewsNovember 13, 2014
A Sunni Hezbollah? The Jerusalem PostNovember 9, 2014
Iran-Backed Shia Rebels Push Forward in Yemen PJ MediaNovember 5, 2014
The Jihadi Connection between Sinai, Gaza and Islamic State The Jerusalem PostNovember 1, 2014
The Shia-Sunni war Reaches Lebanon The Jerusalem PostOctober 17, 2014
Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani? Middle East Review of International AffairsOctober 12, 2014
ISIS: Can the West Win Without a Ground Game? The TowerOctober 2014
Western Fear of Angering Turkey Leaves Besieged Kurdish Town at Mercy of Islamic State The Jerusalem PostOctober 7, 2014
The Defense of Kobani The Jerusalem PostSeptember 27, 2014
The Guns of August The Jerusalem ReportSeptember 17, 2014
At the Kurdistan Front The Weekly StandardSeptember 12, 2014
Despite Setbacks, Islamic State Faces no Danger to its Existence The Jerusalem PostSeptember 4, 2014
The IS-Kurdish War The National PostAugust 30, 2014
Netanyahu's 'Long War' Doctrine PJ MediaAugust 5, 2014
Under Gaza's Shadow, Islamic State Advances The Jerusalem PostAugust 1, 2014
Desperately Seeking Relevance The Jerusalem PostJuly 24, 2014
The Fire This Time New York Daily NewsJuly 10, 2014
Fractured States The Jerusalem PostJuly 4, 2014
Kurdish Advances The Jerusalem PostJune 21, 2014
Second Front Opens in the Sunni-Shia War PJ MediaJune 15, 2014
An 'Islamic State' Is Born The Jerusalem PostJune 12, 2014
Disaster in the Levant: the Syrian Civil War in its Fourth Year FathomJune 2, 2014
A Most Discreet Israeli Intervention in Syria The Jerusalem PostMay 29, 2014
Syria's ISIS Crucifying Opponents, Justifying Horror with Quran Passages PJ MediaMay 27, 2014
Wars Within Wars The Weekly StandardMay 26, 2014
Saudi Shuffle The Jerusalem PostMay 22, 2014
Islamic extremists fighting brutal war against Kurds in Syria The National PostMay 11, 2014
Palestinian Magical Thinking PJ MediaMay 7, 2014
Waging 'war by other means' The Jerusalem PostMay 1, 2014
Assad's Boasts The Jerusalem PostApril 10, 2014
The Peace Process is Dead. Let it lay in Peace PJ MediaApril 8, 2014
War Across the Borders PJ MediaMarch 28, 2014
Israel-Syria border escalation The Jerusalem PostMarch 21, 2014
With Iraq on the Brink, a New Sunni Insurgency Emerges PJ MediaMarch 20, 2014
Shifting Mideast Sands Reveal New Alliances PJ MediaMarch 14, 2014
Not quiet on the Northern Front New York Daily NewsMarch 11, 2014
Kurdistan Emerges The Jerusalem PostMarch 8, 2014
The End of the 'Wrong Side of History' PJ MediaMarch 5, 2014
Holding back al-Qaeda The Jerusalem PostFebruary 23, 2014
Salafi insurgency fermenting in northern Sinai The Jerusalem PostFebruary 14, 2014
Do 'Syria,' 'Iraq' and 'Lebanon' Still Exist? The TowerFebruary 2014
The Syrian peace process: An exercise in futility The Jerusalem PostJanuary 24, 2014
Confidence Game: Losing American Support, the Gulf States Scramble The TowerJanuary 2014
Is the US changing sides in the regional conflict between Iran and its enemies? The Jerusalem PostNovember 30, 2013
U.S. Blindspot Shows on the Iran Nuclear Deal Tablet MagazineNovember 25, 2013
Fear and loathing in Riyadh The Jerusalem PostNovember 16, 2013
With Help From Tehran and Moscow, and Inaction by the U.S., Assad Is Poised To Stay Tablet MagazineNovember 13, 2013
After the Pax Americana PJ MediaNovember 9, 2013
Kurds defending autonomous 'Rojava' enclave in Syria The Jerusalem PostNovember 8, 2013
Assad's North Korean Connection The Jerusalem PostNovember 1, 2013
Sisi to Egyptian Islamists: surrender or die The Jerusalem PostOctober 26, 2013
Quietly, Israel and the Gulf States Draw Closer Together PJ MediaOctober 24, 2013
Despite Nobel Prize, Full Removal of Syria's Chemical Weapons Unlikely PJ MediaOctober 16, 2013
How UNRWA creates dependency Washington TimesDecember 3, 2007
Audio, Video and Transcripts
Title Publication Date
The Saudi-Iranian Proxy War in Yemen MEF WireApril 30, 2015
Egypt's Continuing Turmoil MEF WireOctober 31, 2013
The Strategic Significance of Damascus MEF WireMay 16, 2011
Reviews
Book Title Publication Date
ISIS: A History
by Fawaz Gerges
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2017
Revolt in Syria: Eyewitness to the Uprising, 2nd ed.
by Stephen Starr
Middle East QuarterlyFall 2016
Transition towards Revolution and Reform: The Arab Spring Realised?
by Sonia L. Alianak
Middle East QuarterlySummer 2015
The Question of Zion
by Jacqueline Rose
Middle East QuarterlyWinter 2007