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Shedding light on Syria's enduring conflict

The IISS provides expert, regularly updated analysis on Syria's enduring crisis via blogs, commentary and journals. 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.

  • Events

    Al-Qaeda since 9/11 and its rivalry with the Islamic State

    15 November 2017. 

    Wednesday 15 November, 12.30–2pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Speakers:
    Cathy Scott-Clark, award-winning writer and documentary producer
    Adrian Levy, award-winning writer and documentary producer
    Chair:
    Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS

  • Politics and Strategy

    How will the Islamic State endure?

    31 October 2017.  The credibility of the Islamic State may be undermined, but the security threat it poses should not be underestimated.

  • Events

    Endgame: prospects for stabilisation in Iraq & Syria

    26 October 2017. 

    Thursday 26 October, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Linda Robinson, Senior International and Defense Researcher, RAND Corporation
    Dr Denise Natali, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • IISS Voices

    Loss of Kirkuk undermines Kurdish independence claims

    26 October 2017.  Withdrawal has weakened the standing of the Kurdistan Regional Government - and President Masoud Barzani.

  • IISS Voices

    Conflict and transformation in the Levant

    05 October 2017.  The Syrian conflict has radically changed the strategic landscape in the Levant. As the Islamic State collapses, old fault lines are widening and new ones emerging.

  • Events

    Conflicts and transformation in the Levant

    04 October 2017. 

    Wednesday 4 October, 12.30–2pm BST
    Arundel House, London
    Speaker:
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Chair:
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial; Editor, Strategic Survey and Adelphi Books, IISS

  • Events

    Debating counter-factuals: was the rise of ISIS inevitable?

    02 October 2017. 

    Monday 2 October, 6–7.30pm EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speakers:
    Dr Hal Brands, Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs, Johns Hopkins University SAIS
    Dr Peter Feaver, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Duke University
    Chair:
    Dr Dana Allin, Editor, Survival; Senior Fellow for US Foreign Policy and Transatlantic Affairs, IISS

  • Events

    ISIS, Al Qaeda, and Beyond: From Barcelona to Raqqa

    28 September 2017. 

    Thursday 28 September, 10–11am EDT
    IISS–Americas, Washington DC
    Speaker:
    Robin Wright, Joint Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center
    Chair:
    Mark Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, IISS–Americas

  • IISS Voices

    Neighbours ready to block Kurdish independence

    25 September 2017.  Iraq’s Kurds enjoy greater autonomy than their brothers and sisters elsewhere in the Middle East. But a drive for full independence has caused alarm across the region, writes Emile Hokayem.

  • Strategic Comments

    Al-Qaeda’s evolution since 9/11

    22 September 2017. 

    Although the Islamic State is collapsing in the Middle East, it continues to inspire and assist terrorist attacks in the West, where jihadist terrorism is perceived as a major threat. Al-Qaeda appears to be gaining momentum after a period of relative quiescence, notably in Syria. Hamza bin Laden, Osama bin Laden's son, is a charismatic and increasingly prominent al-Qaeda leader, and is focused on Syria.

IISS Research Programme

Middle East and the Gulf

The IISS Middle East and the Gulf programme is based at the IISS–Middle East Office and provides analysis of regional geopolitics and security, including the Iran nuclear accord, the ongoing civil war in Syria, and enduring instability in Iraq.