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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 recent and 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; an 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.

April 2020 –

Ten years on the Syrian Uprising: Road Map to Peace? Challenges and Opportunities

Friday 2 April 2021 –  3:00 to 5:00 pm (GMT)

Via MS Teams

Join the Centre for Syrian Studies for an online workshop discussing the challenges of a Road Map ten years on from the Syrian Uprisings.
To register please email Jennifer Halley irevents@st-andrews.ac.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Full Programme

Introduction 3:00-3:05pm

Prof. Raymond Hinnebusch

Session One: 3:05 – 3:35pm

Chair: Dr. Francesco Belcastro

Dr. Haid Haid – Reintegrating non-state armed groups in Syria: Mechanisms, Actors, and Shortfalls.

Ibrahim Hamidi – The regional challenges towards uniting Syrian opposition.

Dr. Jasmine Gani –US and EU positions on the future of Syria.


Break 3:35 to 3:40 pm


Session Two: 3:40 – 4:20 pm

Chair: Dr. Jinan Al-Habbal

Prof. Simon Mabon – The process of de-sectarianization in Syria

Rashad Kattan –Identifying challenges facing the reconstruction of the economy.

Rana Khalaf –The potential role of civil society in state-building.

Ola Rifai -The question of national identity in post-conflict Syria and the quest to reproduce an inclusive national identity


Q and A session: 4:20 – 4:50 pm

Closing Remarks from Prof Raymond Hinnebusch



December 2020 – Policy Briefs on The Syria at War: Eight Years On Report

The “Syria at War: Eight Years On” report is the second product of the collaboration between the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Centre for Syrian Studies (CSS) at the University of St Andrews. It is the result of extensive research by scholars and experts and benefited from the National Agenda for the Future of Syria (NAFS) Programme’s platform for technical dialogue between a broad spectrum of Syrian stakeholders aimed at moving towards consensus beyond the polarizations of the conflict period.

Almost a decade of conflict has radically transformed all aspects of Syrian society. The purpose of this report is to trace these transformations at social, economic and governance levels. It provides a framework for moving forward, proposing principles, priorities and pragmatic steps toward an inclusive and sustainable economic recovery and peacebuilding process.



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