The Centre for Syrian Studies aims to foster scholarship and dialogue about Syria and exchanges between Syrian and British scholars and others. It undertakes research on contemporary Syria, contributes to the training of Syrian scholars, and seeks to compile and disseminate information on Syria expressive of a plurality of viewpoints. Toward these ends, the Centre publishes books on Syria and an on-line journal, Syria Studies, brings together a network of over 75 international scholars of Syria, holds regular workshops, seminars and conferences, and hosts fellows and postgraduate students from Syria or studying Syria. The Centre is a part of the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews


Welcome to the official website of the Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at the University of St Andrews.

The CSS publishes Syria Studies – an online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal focused on the politics, socioeconomics and recent history of Syria, & Syria Articles, an online space for students of St Andrews writing on Syria.

The CSS also sponsors Syria Sessions  a regular round table on Syria; and is consistently engaged in various scholarly partnerships and activities.

Visit our e-Library for specialised works by eminent Syria scholars.


Visit also, Inspired By Syria, an online scholarly platform focused on Syria, which is managed by scholars affiliated with our Centre.



Scholars of the CSS regularly contribute their insights to the media, and participate in various types of academic gatherings. For more information on how to engage our scholars in such events, please contact Dr. Raymond Hinnebusch, the Director of CSS.