Jonathan Spyer

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Jonathan Spyer
Jonathan Spyer speaking at the India Foundation.jpg
ResidenceJerusalem, Israel
NationalityBritish, Israeli
EducationSOAS (MA)
London School of Economics (PhD)
Occupationanalyst, writer, journalist
Websitejonathanspyer.com

Jonathan Spyer (Hebrew: יונתן ספייר‎, Arabic: جوناثان سباير‎) is a British-Israeli analyst, writer, and journalist of Middle Eastern affairs. He is a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and the Middle East Forum, a freelance security analyst and correspondent for IHS Jane's, and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Spyer is the author of Days of the Fall: A Reporter's Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars (Routledge, 2017), based on his numerous trips to Syria and Iraq, and The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict (Bloomsbury, 2010).

Bio[edit]

Spyer immigrated to Israel from Britain in 1991. He earned a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a master's degree in Middle East Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. From 1992 to 1993, he served in a combat unit of the Israel Defense Forces and fought in the 2006 Lebanon War as a reservist.[1][2][3]

Spyer resides in Jerusalem.[4]

Career[edit]

Jonathan Spyer posing with YPG fighters in Ras al-Ayn, northeastern Syria.

Spyer is a freelance security analyst and correspondent for IHS Jane's, a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies and the Middle East Forum,[5][6][7] and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.[8]

In the 2010s, Spyer has traveled to Syria and Iraq numerous times, generally for around two-week periods. He has spent about half the time of his trips in Kurdish-held areas. These experiences were the basis for Spyer's 2017 book, Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars, published by Routledge.[4]

In October 2014, Spyer revealed evidence of possession and use of chemical weapons, likely mustard gas, by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in northern Syria.[9][10] In April 2017, Spyer traveled to regime-controlled Syria under his British passport as part of a government-sponsored media tour. On that trip, he interviewed Syrian government ministers and was photographed with Syrian Minister of Reconciliation Ali Haidar and Minister of Information, Mohammed Tourjeman. In January 2018, Al Arabiya reported that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fired Tourjeman for permitting Spyer, an Israeli, entry into the country.[11][12][13]

Spyer's reporting and analysis of Middle Eastern affairs has been published in numerous outlets including The Wall Street Journal,[14] The Guardian,[15] The Times,[3] The Weekly Standard,[16] Foreign Policy,[17] and The American Interest.[18]

Books[edit]

  • Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars. Routledge. 2017. ISBN 9781351359245.
  • The Rise of Nationalism: The Arab World, Turkey, and Iran. Simon and Schuster. 2014. ISBN 9781633559240.
  • The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2010. ISBN 9781441111814.

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