Event: "Syria's peace: what, how, when?", Open Democracy.net, February 12th, London

Cross-posted from Open Democracy.net:  http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity-projects/syrias-peace-what-how-when

Syria's peace: what, how, when?

A conference on London's South Bank, 12 February 2013
Email shilpa.jindia(at).net to register.

Morning (9.30 - 1.00) 
| Panel 1: No political track? |
| In conversation: Fawaz Gerges & Rosemary Hollis w/ Robin Yassin-Kassab |

Afternoon (2 - 4.30) 
| Workshops: emerging realities |
| Panel 2: Possible outcomes |

Panel 1: No political track?
The political track has been declared effectively non-existent. A 'grand bargain' is needed but apparently unattainable, with conflict frozen into international and regional stances, and actively participant in Syria's on the ground reality. Violence is creating new ground-level political realities. What work should be done now to create and build upon opportunities for de-escalation, and widen options for Syrians?

Chair: Mariano Aguirre

See a full list of panelists here.


Economic interventions
Convened by Farah al-Atassi (Syrian Economic Task Force)

Addressing social divisions
Convened by Talal Al-Mayhani (Cambridge)

Emerging civil administrations
Convened by Tristan Salmon (Integrity)

Future scenarios
Convened by Shelley Deane (International Alert)

Panel 2: Possible outcomes
The conveners are joined by workshop participants to build on the day's sessions. What possible outcomes arise, and what implications do they bear for international and domestic actors?

Chair: Scilla Elworthy

Alexey Malashenko Carnegie Moscow, Scholar in Residence
Co-chair of the Carnegie Moscow Centre's Religion, Society and Security Programme. Professor of Political Science, previously taught at the Higher School of Economics and Moscow State Institution of International Relations.

Firdevs Robinson Foreign Policy Centre, Senior Research Associate
London-based journalist, broadcaster and commentator specializing on Turkey, the Middle East, Caucuses and Freedom of the Media.

Heiko Wimmen SWP-Berlin, Research Associate
Research interests include political systems and dynamics of conflict in ethnically diverse societies in the Middle East and the Balkans. Programme coordinator of 'Elite change and new social mobilisation in the Arab World'.

Kjetil Selvik Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Senior Researcher
Political scientist specializing in comparative politics of the Middle East region with empirical focus on Iran, Syria and Kuwait. His current work analyses the politics of enemy images in the Iranian Islamic Republic.

Julien Barnes-Dacey European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Senior Policy Fellow
Previously a reporter across the Middle East including Syria, and head of MENA practice for Control Risk with a particular focus on corporate social responsibility and development practice in Basra.

Rim Turkmani Building the Syrian State
Political activist with Syrian opposition party Building the Syrian State. Astrophysicist at Imperial College London and Dorothy Hodgking Research Fellow at the Royal Society.


Tags: Syria, civil administrations, conflict, de-escalation, economic interventions, political track, social divisions

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