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.
London School of Economics (PhD)
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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).
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.
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, and a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.
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.
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. 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.
Spyer's reporting and analysis of Middle Eastern affairs has been published in numerous outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, and The American Interest.
- 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.
- "Jonathan Spyer". Bloomsbury Publishing.
- "ד"ר ג'ונתן ספייר מנתח את דאע"ש - ארגון הטרור האכזרי בעולם". Globes. 28 June 2014.
- "Our tank was a death trap". The Times. August 30, 2006.
- "Israeli journalist describes reporting from Syria and Iraq, hiding his secret". The Times of Israel. 19 November 2017.
- "Dr. Jonathan Spyer". JISS. Retrieved 2018-06-25.
- "Writing Fellows". Middle East Forum.
- "Writings by Jonathan Spyer". Middle East Forum.
- "Jonathan Spyer". The Jerusalem Post.
- "MERIA Special Report: Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against The Kurds in Kobani?". MERIA Journal. 12 October 2014.
- "ISIS May Have Chemical Weapons". HuffPost. 13 October 2014.
- "بشار الأسد يقيل وزيري دفاعه وإعلامه وهذه هي الخلفيات". Al Arabiya. 1 January 2018.
- "Report: Assad Fires Minister for Allowing Israeli Journalist to Tour Syria". Haaretz. 2 January 2018.
- "Syrian minister said fired over visit by Israeli journalist, who met him twice". The Times of Israel. 2 January 2018.
- "Inside Assad's Killing Fields". The Wall Street Journal. 26 September 2012.
- "Jonathan Spyer". The Guardian.
- "Jonathan Spyer Articles". The Weekly Standard.
- "Jonathan Spyer". Foreign Policy.
- "Jonathan Spyer". The American Interest.