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Jonathan Spyer and Andrew J. Tabler

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March 8, 2018


A journalist who has covered the wars in Syria and Iraq offers a rare eyewitness account of how the conflicts have defied expert predictions, eroded state identity, and threatened the wider geostrategic order. Watch video.

Firsthand reporting on the wars in Syria and Iraq plays a vital role in helping policymakers understand what is happening on the ground and set realistic goals. In his new book Days of the Fall: A Reporter's Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars, Jonathan Spyer provides a rare eyewitness account of how the conflicts have defied expert predictions, eroded state identity, and threatened the wider geostrategic order. To discuss the trajectory of the fighting and the challenge of accurately reporting it, The Washington Institute hosted a Policy Forum with the author on March 8, 2018; he was joined by Institute fellow Andrew J. Tabler, who reported from Syria and the Middle East for over a decade.

Jonathan Spyer is a correspondent for IHS Jane's, a columnist for the Jerusalem Post, a fellow at the Middle East Forum, and a research associate at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies. His reporting and analysis have appeared in numerous outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Guardian, and the Atlantic.