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TIME: 18:00 – 19:00 – Thursday 10th May 2018
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society,
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Dr Jonathan Spyer
Executive Director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis
Author of Days of the Fall
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In seven years of conflict, the Syrian Civil War has cost the lives of over half a million people, and left more than 10 million as refugees or internally displaced. During this time, over 200 reporters and journalists have been killed in their quest to shed light on the horrors of this war. Throughout this time, and from his base in Jerusalem, Dr Jonathan Spyer has reported from the heart of the region’s wars, spending time in Aleppo, Baghdad, Damascus, Mosul, Idleb, Hasaka and more. He witnessed some of the most dramatic events of the Syrian conflict – the rescue of the trapped Yezidis from the attempted ISIS genocide in 2014, the Assad regime’s assault on Aleppo, the rise of independent Kurdish power in north east Syria, and the emergence of the Shia militias in Iraq.
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Jonathan Spyer, who will discuss his latest book Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars, providing an analysis of the insights to be gleaned from frontline reporting and his thoughts on the emergent contest between Iran and Israel regarding the Iranian attempt to build an independent military infrastructure in Syria.
Dr Jonathan Spyer is an analyst, writer, and journalist of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the Executive Director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis (MECRA), a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and at the Middle East Forum, a freelance security analyst and correspondent for IHS Jane’s, and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. He is a frequent guest analyst on electronic media and advises and consults on Middle East matters for a variety of bodies in the private, governmental and NGO sectors. Spyer is the author of “Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars” and “The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict”.