Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer

Jonathan Spyer is a writer, analyst and journalist focusing on the Levant and Middle East strategic affairs. He is a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies (JISS), a fellow at the Middle East Forum and a freelance security analyst and correspondent at IHS Janes.

Spyer is the Executive Director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis (MECRA). He is the author of Days of the Fall: A Reporter's Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars (Routledge, 2017) - an account of his field reporting in Syria and Iraq, and The Transforming Fire: the Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict, (Continuum, 2010).

Spyer's work is published in many journals, and he consults and advises for a wide variety of bodies in the governmental, NGO and private sectors.

LEBANON’S PRIME MINISTER Hassan Diab reviews an honor guard at the government palace in Beirut earli

Hezbollah-dominated government emerges in Lebanon

WHAT APPEARS to be new damage at the Ain al-Asad air base in Iraq is seen in a satellite picture tak

Iran’s attacks against the US in Iraq accomplished what was intended

A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran

Iran lacks good options - analysis

TRUCKS CARRY belongings of people fleeing Maarat al-Numan, in northern Idlib, Syria, this week.

The blood-dimmed tide


Behind the Lines: The riddles of Baghdad


‘Mr. Erdogan has settled your bill’


Behind the lines: Revolt against Iran’s ‘system’ in Iraq and Lebanon

YPG FIGHTERS on a rooftop in Sere Kaniye/Ras al Ain in 2013

Behind the Lines: Rojava sundown - a retrospective

PAKISTAN’S PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan speaks in Islamabad earlier this year – no ties with Israel see

Behind the Lines: Pakistan and Israel: Much ado about nothing?


Behind the Lines: Islamist archipelago: The Turkey-Qatar nexus

A RED CRESCENT medic walks next to bags containing the bodies of victims of Saudi-led airstrikes on

Behind the Lines: Yemen – Houthi fighting continues

Xi Jinping

Behind the Lines: Hedging bets in the gulf

A TURKISH NAVY frigate, returning from a naval exercise, sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, earlier

Behind the Lines: Turkey sets course against the West in the Mediterranean

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu watch servicemen passing by

Behind the Lines: The Syrian sideshow

SHI’ITE FIGHTERS launch a mortar round toward Islamic State lines in al-Fatha, northeast of Baiji, i

Behind the Lines: Militias merge into Iraqi security forces?

SHI’ITE FIGHTERS launch a mortar round toward Islamic State lines in al-Fatha, northeast of Baiji, i

Evidence grows that Iran is stationing missiles directed at Israel


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