Syria conflict enters fifth year

The conflict in Syria is now in its fifth year. The IISS provides expert, regularly updated analysis on the crisis via blogs, commentary and journals, and in-depth examinations can be found in our Adelphi series and publications including The Military Balance and Strategic Survey. 

Monitoring the conflict in Syria

Armed Conflict Database

A regularly updated IISS online resource providing day-by-day timelines and detailed monthly reports on the conflict in Syria.

  • Military Balance Blog

    Douglas Barrie, Joseph Dempsey and Mark Cazalet: Russia Pursues Cruise Control in Syria

    24 November 2015.  Kh-101 low-observable cruise missile deployed from Tu-160 Blackjack (Russian MoD) By Douglas Barrie, Senior Fellow for Military Aerospace; Joseph Dempsey, Research Analyst, Military Balance Online; and Mark Cazalet, Research Assistant, Defence and Military Analysis For the first time during combat operations in Syria, Russia has used two types of air-launched cruise missile; the Kh-101 long-range low-observable cruise missile and the Kh-555 (AS-22). Both weapons are designed and manufactured by Raduga, the Dubna-based...

  • Expert Commentary

    Guardian: The Vienna talks on Syria are a start. But we need a leap of imagination

    20 November 2015.  I desperately hope we can find a security settlement for the region as a whole – an expanded version of the 1989 Taif agreement, which ended the war in Lebanon

  • Expert Commentary

    Slate.Fr: «Je ne pense pas que bombarder Daech soit la clé du problème»

    20 November 2015.  François Heisbourg était l’invité de l'émission «Politique» sur France 24. Il a mis en garde les autorités et déclaré qu’une attaque au Moyen-Orient serait insuffisante si l’on n’apportait pas des réponses locales.

  • Events

    The Syrian Jihad: The Evolution of an Insurgency

    19 November 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Charles Lister
    Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Doha Centre
    Emile Hokayem
    Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Thursday 19 November 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Emile Hokayem: Syria between escalation and diplomacy

    18 November 2015.  Emile Hoyakem, IISS Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, speaks to students at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London

  • Expert Commentary

    BBC: RAF 'would make a difference' in Syria

    18 November 2015.  General Sir David Richards speaks to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme about the potential for RAF involvement in Syria

  • Expert Commentary

    New York Times: How to beat ISIS - First deal with Assad

    17 November 2015.  Emile Hokayem, a senior fellow for Middle East security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies who has personal roots in Beirut and in Paris, discusses how to defeat Islamic State

  • Expert Commentary

    France TV Info: "L’hyperterrorisme est encore à venir"

    16 November 2015.  'Nous devons nous préparer, psychologiquement, budgétairement, à des actes d’hyperterrorisme sur notre territoire, comparables sinon au 11-Septembre américain, du moins aux méga-prises d’otages de Moscou ou aux attentats de Bali ou Madrid avec leur bilan tournant autour de 200 morts ou davantage' - Francois Heisbourg

  • Expert Commentary

    Les Echos: Francois Heisbourg - 'Il n'y a pas de résponse simple et convaincante'

    16 November 2015.  Francois Heisbourg on France's response to the latest ISIS attacks in Paris

  • Expert Commentary

    Le Monde: Cœur lourd, tête froide

    14 November 2015.  By Francois Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Après New York, Madrid, Bombay, Londres, Moscou, Ankara, Tel Aviv et quelques autres, Paris rejoint la triste liste des grandes villes victimes du terrorisme de destruction de masse d’inspiration djihadiste. Notre premier devoir est certes de pleurer nos morts et de venger les victimes de cette nuit sanglante du vendredi 13 novembre. Ce malheur ne nous est...

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