Writings by Jonathan Spyer

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