Syria – does the name resonate? There was a time when news from Syria dominated the media landscape, yet it has gradually receded from the headlines. So, what is the current situation in Syria? Undoubtedly, twelve years of warfare will have left significant impacts on the nation. But what of the geopolitics? What roles do Turkey and Russia play? What is the status of Islamic State fighters and President Bashar al-Assad? Which entities currently exert control within Syria?


  • Islamic State (ISIS) and Syria in 2023
  • Al-Qaeda, ISIS in Syria and Hayʼat Tahrir al-Sham
  • President Bashar al-Assad and Terrorists
  • President Bashar al-Assad Tactics and the Opposition
  • Who is Fighting in Syria in 2023?
  • Turkey’s Goals in Syria
  • Russia, Iran & Syria
  • The Concept of ‘2011 era’ / Syrian Reacceptance to the Arab League
  • Western Reaction to the Arab League Decision to Reaccept Syria
  • Western Sanctions on Syria
  • The Concept of ‘New Middle East’

Christopher Phillips

Christopher Phillips is a Professor of International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, recognised for his specialisation in the Middle East. Having lived in Syria for several years, he maintains his connection to the region through research trips to the Middle East.

Professor Phillips is a respected author, contributing numerous articles to high-profile academic journals. He also writes for a wide range of international publications, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.

Selected Publications
‘What Next for Britain in the Middle East? Security, Trade and Foreign Policy after Brexit’
‘Everyday Arab Identity The Daily Reproduction of the Arab World’
‘The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East’

A New Book Expected in 2024
‘Battleground: the struggle for the new Middle East in 10 conflicts’

From revolutions to rapprochement: The end of the ‘2011 era’ in the Middle East?
Northern Syria has become Erdogan’s punchbag
The international system and the Syrian civil war
The Arabism Debate and the Arab Uprisings
‘What is in a Name?’: The Role of (Different) Identities in the Multiple Proxy Wars in Syria

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