Syria Writes

EU Should Play Major Role in Syria Reconstruction

EU Should Play Major Role in Syria Reconstruction

The EU should use its economic leverage in order to shape the post-conflict environment and mitigate the suffering of civilians.

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Agency and Hope: Helping Communities Healing Themselves

Agency and Hope: Helping Communities Healing Themselves

Opposition-linked self-organizing councils could be a primary partner in fortifying mental health resiliency in affected communities.

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Liberalization and Conflict in the Syrian Economy

Liberalization and Conflict in the Syrian Economy

Overall, Syria’s economic resilience can be attributed to three factors: its former economic measures, the role of political allies and the economic measures undertaken during the conflict.

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Evidence, Justice, and Peace-Making in Syria

Evidence, Justice, and Peace-Making in Syria

We need to remember that there have been other cases in recent history — such as Chile and Argentina — where conflicts had to be resolved by ignoring justice partially or fully, initially, only to come back on the agenda later. This is when archives become crucial.

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The Human Cost of War’s Environmental Impact

The Human Cost of War’s Environmental Impact

How will Syria look in ten years, and why should all the actors involved take the environment up as a serious issue? This article aims to broadly explain the links between conflict, environment and public health and it will argue that, without calculating the environmental damage and subsequent health risks in recovery and reconstruction planning, civilians will face an additional threat from a war that already cost the lives of too many.

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The Syrian Business Elite: Patronage Networks and War Economy

The Syrian Business Elite: Patronage Networks and War Economy

A socially responsible economic strategy is central to the Syrian transition. The fact that the Syrian opposition has not yet embarked in a critical debate of Syria’s future political economy has jeopardized their legitimacy and deprived the Syrian business elite of a chance to reconsider their own practices and contribute to Syria’s transition towards a better future.

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Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

Is Dividing Syria the Problem or the Solution?

It is well known by now that those sorts of [external] legitimacies function for nothing further than oppressing local voices and crushing and preventing politics, to place themselves as the guardian of the local “under-developed” populations that protects them from each other. As well as the protector of the “external source of legitimacy” from the worrying turbulences of local conflicts. That is precisely what had been done under the Asads and what goes on to be repeated by the likes of al-Baghdadi and Saleh Muslim, and a few others who have not emerged with a comprehensive project yet.

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What Political Solution Are They Talking About?

What Political Solution Are They Talking About?

The issue at hand is no longer about changing the regime, which was the goal of the revolution, but about instituting a change with the regime, which is the goal of negotiations. Change with the regime ultimately means enabling the regime to bypass the changes and continue as it was.

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Talking Facts Beyond Populism

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon: Talking Facts Beyond Populism

The aim is to challenge, with facts, a populist rhetoric that scapegoats the entire Syrian refugee population in Lebanon for a crisis of which they are the primary victims.

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