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The Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) 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 CSS publishes books and reports; Syria Studiesan online, open-access, peer-reviewed journal; Syria Blog where CSS affiliated scholars share regular analysis of the evolving situation in Syria; and an e-library where studies by our scholars are archived.

The CSS also brings together a network of over 80 international scholars of Syria, holds regular workshops, seminars and conferences, and hosts fellows and postgraduate students from Syria or studying Syria.

The CSS is a part of the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews

For information on our publications, scholars and activities, visit our online scholarly platform:  Inspired By Syria


Our scholars 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 the Director of the Centre for Syrian StudiesDr. Raymond Hinnebusch.