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.

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

LIBYAN GOVERNMENT forces take position during fighting in Ain Zara, in Tripoli, earlier this week

Behind the Lines: Generals vs Islamists in Libya

CHILDREN FROM THE Yazidi community, who were recently freed after being captured by Islamic State

The fall of the Caliphate

IRANIAN VICE President Eshaq Jahangiri meets with Syria’s President Bashar Assad in Damascus this we

Iran’s strategy for control of Syria - a look

US NATIONAL SECURITY Adviser John Bolton and his Turkish counterpart Ibrahim Kalin meet at the Presi

Behind the Lines: Will Turkey invade northeast Syria?


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