During the first few weeks of the COVID-19 quarantine in Syria, civil society actors raised the alarm towards the drastic increase in “Domestic Violence Against Women-DVAW” incidents reported by women rights activists, this issue has long been debated by civil society and women rights activists as a societal issue. This paper aims to provide a […]

This research explores medium-term approaches toward the refugee response in light of the protracted displacement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and was conducted by the Durable Solutions Platform (DSP) and the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS). Led by the DSP and LCPS, the findings and recommendations are based on qualitative data, with an emphasis […]

The paper reviews the gaps in Syrian development between the years 2000 and 2011, and analyses the government efforts to try to overcome the gaps and implement an initiative to reach reconciliation and justice. The paper examines the Syrian National Post-Conflict Development Programme, the National Reconciliation Committee, Decree 107 and the proclamation of administrative decentralization.. […]

This policy brief alludes to the key choke points that stemmed from a facilitated dialogue held on the 27th April. During this forum, some 50 newcomers discussed main integration challenges and recommendations as identified by them, and linked to issues of civic engagement, employment, education and personal growth and well-being. The brief further highlights where […]

Dear All, We are delighted to present the third edition of the Syrian Echoes newsletter. Syrian Echoes is a collaborative project put together by various Syrian and international partners to highlight diversified readings of the Syrian conflict. It strives to promote new narratives about the conflict that go beyond binary and simplistic depictions, and that shed light on opportunities […]

With what appears to be the imminent defeat of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the growing military gains of the Syrian government and its allies, the Syrian conflict may appear to be reaching its final stages. At least this is the message that President Vladimir Putin aimed to convey during the visit […]

The traditional land tenure systems in Syria are complex and overlapping, stemming from hundreds of years of evolution in the legal as well the socio-economic conditions of the different communities in the country and the region. Some of these systems were codified progressively in the 20th century while others remained outside the control of the […]

The study firstly concerned the urban realities that prevailed prior to the conflict and their significant transformations during it. Syrian cities were largely affected in recent decades by the acceleration of rural-urban migration. The weakness of regional and urban planning led to the development of large informal areas around the main cities and to the […]

Many international and local actors have persisted in their efforts to define the characteristics of the women movement agendas in Syria. Their goals and ambitions are many, but most of them have revolved around wanting to empower Syrian women and maximize their voices, mainly in regards to women participation in matters related to political and […]

October, 2017 A recent economic study provides insight and analysis of the town of Jarablos, a border town, located directly south of the Turkish border. The aspects covered in the study are: the structure of Jarablos (demographic, urban, and services), the economic power (sources of income, investments, credit, and construction activities), markets (industrial, trade, agriculture, trade […]

  November, 2017 A legal study (available in arabic) investigating the Syrian law’s approach to marriage to a non-Muslim, one of the temporary impediments in marriage in the Syrian Law. Still working by the article 48 of the personal status code, which declares the nullity of the marriage concluded between a Muslim woman and a non-Musli ..   Read More   […]

November, 2017 This articles (available in arabic) outlines an overview of the principles of international criminal law and universal jurisdiction. It elaborates the historical context of the commencement principles of international law globally, dividing it into two periods: before and after the second world war. It then follows through the many definitions of ICL have brought out from several international […]

Author: Lorenzo Trombetta, the battle against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) progresses in Syria, and details of Russia’s de-escalation zone plan slowly solidify, the push for a political solution and constitutional negotiations could likely retake the spotlight in the next round of talks set for late August in Astana and September in Geneva. The military […]

We are delighted to present the second edition of the Syrian Echoes newsletter. Syrian Echoes is a collaborative project put together by various Syrian and international partners to bring forward diversified readings of the Syrian conflict. It strives to promote new narratives about the conflict away from binary and simplistic depictions, and shed light on opportunities for peacebuilding that […]

Author: Common Space Initiative,   The past few months have seen international and regional actors stepping up their game in Syria. The unprecedented agreement that was reached in Astana between Moscow, Ankara and Tehran on 4 May allowed idealists and critics alike to envisage an incremental stabilization plan that could enable the beginning of the […]

By the Syrian Echoes “Stories from the ground” editorial team, based on a case study from the paper “Women’s Participation in Syrian Cities Today: Emerging Roles and Opportunities” prepared in the context of a project funded by the European Union. The complete paper is featured in the Publications section (link to the Publication). Back in […]

Author: Syrian Center for Policy Research, The Syrian Center for Policy Research has published a detailed, field-based report on the impact of the armed conflict in Syria on social relations. It uses the concept of social capital as an approach to analyzing trust, cooperation, and shared values in different regions in Syria over time, and proposes […]

Author:  Samir Aita, Cercle des Economistes Arabes, A research study was conducted to identify key methods of analysis, essential data collection, monitoring and frameworks to address the economic assessment of urban issues for the reconstruction of post-conflict Syria. The research identified some of the primary economic strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and constraints of Syrian cities […]

Author: Lea Pakkanen, Felm, The Syrian war has left the EU in a second-tier position among international actors, with little influence over the course of events in Syria. Yet it has fallen to the EU countries to bear the brunt of the war’s humanitarian, economic, and security consequences. The EU’s future role in Syria will be […]

Author:  Maria Chalhoub, Common Space Initiative, On 4 May 2017, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed off on a deal in Astana to implement four de-escalation zones in Syria in the most recent effort to put an end to the violence in some of the most contentious conflict areas. The fact that the agreement was enacted […]

The traditional land tenure systems in the Levant are complex and overlapping, stemming from hundreds of years of evolution in legislative as well as socioeconomic conditions. By the end of the 19th century, the Ottoman authorities moved to codify the land management system and homogenize the legal framework for registering property. The move was mainly […]

In the second quarter of 2017, a large number of health, education and other services facilities were destroyed as a result of the aerial bombardments. The number of facilities severly damaged was 24 ones mostly concentrated in the governorate of Idlib with 14 damed ones. The rest damages facilities were four ones in the countryside […]

We are delighted to introduce the first edition of the “Syrian Echoes newsletter #0”. In this issue, we provide you with an analysis of current conflict dynamics in Syria, discuss the role of the local governance in managing the conflict, and share key recommendations the Syrian civil society has for the ongoing Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future […]

It may sound impossible, but there are good reasons to keep trying to build peace in the midst of a devastating war. While a seemingly endless battle rages in Syria, the piece of the puzzle that is left unseen from afar is at the grassroots level. There, Syrian networks and organizations are doing their best […]

Entering its 7th year, the Syrian conflict shows no signs of coming to an end. International stakeholders are nonetheless increasingly debating recovery and reconstruction efforts, signalling a growing focus on the post-agreement era. The Syrian government’s recapture of Aleppo in early December seemed to have particularly contributed to this trend. Though donors insist that reconstruction […]

29/03/2017 The Intra-Syrian peace talks in Geneva are progressing slowly while the conflict dynamics on the ground are changing rapidly. Yet, the disconnect between the top-down international efforts to contain and manage the conflict (entering its seventh year this March) and the local and regional drivers of violence is manifest.  The inability to find realistic […]

The Forced Dispersion Report diagnoses population status in Syria before and during the crisis by adopting participatory rights-based approach. The report re-estimates key pre crisis demographic indicators, which allows for different understanding of the population challenges. Read More     Author: Syrian Center for Policy Research December, 2016

2017/04/04 Prior to the donor conference to be held in Brussels on April 5 and 6 to discuss responses to the unfolding situations and follow up on last year’s London conference pledges, here are the recommendations of the Syrian civil society as voiced out in Helsinki in January 2017 .   Better link humanitarian assistance […]

24 January 2017 | Helsinki On 24 January 2017, Finland and the United Nations co-hosted  a conference on the Syria crisis in Helsinki. UNDP, OCHA and UNCHR launched the 3RP – Regional Refugee and Resilience Pland in Response to the Syria Crisis for 2017-2018 and shared the humanitarian priorities for 2017. A number of side […]

23 January 2017 | Helsinki On 23rd of January 2017 seven Finnish NGOs working on Syria held a seminar on How to Support Bottom-Up Community Resilience in Syria. It was organized as a side-event to the launch of the 2017-2018 UN Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) and the key humanitarian priorities of on Syria.  Summary of […]