JULY 21, 2021
Syria’s Trajectory Before and Since the Uprising: New Achievements, Celebrations and Farewells
2:30-2:40 Welcome and Introduction, Raymond Hinnebusch, University of St. Andrews
Two presentations will examine current consequences of the Syrian conflict as documented in the recently successful Ph.D theses by two of our students.
2: 40-3:00 Tamara al-Om, University of St. Andrews, ‘The continuing resistance of Syria’s oppositional civil society’.
3:00-3:20 Ferdinand Arslanian, Unversity of St. Andrews, “Explaining Syria’s Coping with Economic Sanctions: The Interaction of International and Domestic Factors”.
3:20-3:45 Farewell to Dr Omar Imady:
We will also hear from Omar Imady, the long-time deputy director of the Centre, who is leaving his role here for other endeavours. We want to wish him well and hear about his current and future projects, in particular: The Unauthorised Biography of a Damascene Reformer, an exploration of Syria’s recent history through the prism of the experience of Dr. Muhammed Imady, former Syrian economy minister; and When Her Hand Moves, a collection of novellas.
3:45- 4:00 Discussion
JUNE 25 2021 Social Change in Syria: Family, Village and Political Party By Dr. Sulayman Khalaf Book Launch
Social Change in Syria: Family, Village and Political Party By Dr. Sulayman KhalafProgramme of Book Launch
Friday 25 June 2021 14:00 UK Time
- 14:00-05 Welcome and Introduction: Raymond Hinnebusch and Maria Kastrinou
- 14:05-14:20: panel on the contribution of the book to disciplines studying the Middle East Maria Kastrinou: anthropology; Ray Hinnebusch: historical sociology; Abdul Nabi Isstaif: The book as a counter to Orientalist views of the Middle East; Chris Davidson, contributions of the book to Middle East studies
- 14:20-14:30: Sulayman Khalaf and Barbara Hayward: the method and challenges of writing the book.
- What the book tells us about Syria 14:30-14:40: Dawn Chatty on the books insights into the pre-Ba’th Raqqa tribes turning into cotton shaykhs; 14:40-50 Paul Anderson: What the book tells us about the tribes and Aleppo merchant connection; 14:50-15:00 Haian Dukhan: What the book tells us about the interaction of the Raqqa Tribes with the rise of the Ba’th; 15:00-15:10: Myriam Ababsa: What the book tells us about Raqqa under Bashar’s neo-liberalism
- 15:10: Questions and discussions from the audience-15:30 End
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
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
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
The 4th CSS International Conference on Syria: “The Syrian War: Later Evolution, Future Prospects”
1-3 August 2018 in St Andrews, Scotland
The main theme of the conference was the late Uprising period since roughly 2015, with focus on issues such as the sectarianization of the conflict; the evolution of the balance of power among groups in the conflict; governance and civil society amidst civil war in both regime and opposition areas; diplomacy and external intervention in the conflict; the Syrian diaspora; and issues of “reconciliation” and “reconstruction.”
The programme of proceedings can be found here
Link to Chrome Radio – The Syrian War; Later Evolution, Future Prospects
Syria: Moving Beyond the Stalemate
July 2015 – St Andrews
Summary of Research
Responses of Participants
Recordings of Proceedings