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

    Europe at Sea

    14 March 2018. 

    Wednesday 14 March, 5.30–7pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Annalisa Piras, filmmaker; Director, Springshot Productions
    Sophia Besch, Research Fellow, Centre for European Reform 
    Jessica Hagen-Zanker, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute
    Steve Valdez-Symonds, Refugee and Migrant Rights Programme Director, Amnesty International UK
    Virginia Comolli, Senior Fellow for Security and Development, IISS

  • Events

    Boots on the ground: continuity and change in the character of land warfare

    26 February 2018. 

    Monday 26 February, 12.30–1.30pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Brigadier (Retd) Ben Barry, Senior Fellow for Land Warfare, IISS
    Nick Childs, Senior Fellow for Maritime Security, IISS

  • Strategic Comments

    The Russian–Turkish rapprochement

    15 February 2018. 

    Relations between Russia and Turkey have recently swung from comprehensive discord to wide-ranging cooperation, spanning the energy, economic, military and diplomatic spheres. But their rapprochement remains far from a strategic partnership, defined more by tensions and uncertainties than by clearly shared national interests. The pendulum could swing back again.

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 7: Middle East and North Africa

    14 February 2018. 

    Middle East and North Africa: Countering ISIS; The war in Syria; Yemen; Qatar crisis and regional defence; Defence economics; Economic outlook: uncertain times; Defence spending: opacity prevails; Defence procurement and industry
    Qatar: Defence policy; Armed forces; Defence and security cooperation; Operational experience; Personnel and training; Defence economics and industry

  • Events

    Terrorism and the new disorder

    08 February 2018. 

    Thursday 8 February, 8.30–9.30am GMT
    Arundel House, London
    John Raine CMG OBE, Senior Adviser for Geopolitical Due Diligence, IISS

  • Events

    After Afrin and Sochi: envisioning an endgame in Syria

    07 February 2018. 

    Wednesday 7 February, 4–5pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS
    Dr Nicholas Redman, Director of Editorial, IISS

  • Events

    Divided we thrive? Boko Haram and the Islamic State

    05 February 2018. 

    Monday 5 February, 4–5.30pm AST
    IISS–Middle East, Bahrain
    Jacob Zenn J.D., Fellow on African Affairs, Jamestown Foundation
    Dr Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS–Middle East

  • Events

    Transforming peace operations: new ideas for tackling protracted conflicts

    24 January 2018. 

    Wednesday 24 January, 12.30–1.45pm GMT
    Arundel House, London
    Lieutenant-General (Retd) Floriano Peixoto, Visiting Professor, King’s College London
    Antônio Sampaio, Research Associate for Security and Development, IISS

  • IISS Voices

    Terrorism and the new disorder

    09 January 2018.  Two distinct terror threats are emerging in the Middle East - Sunni lone wolves and well-drilled Shia militias.

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.