11 نوفمبر

Hungry for Peace: Positives and Drawbacks of Local Truces and Ceasefires in Syria

When doves fly

Noah Bonsey, Omar Hallaj, Rim Turkmani, Maha Yahya

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 BEIRUT 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EET (UTC+2

As the war in Syria shows no sign of abating, international efforts to hasten a political solution to a conflict that has killed more than 190,000 people and pushed more than 3 million Syrians to seek refuge in neighboring countries continue to stall. However, localized efforts to reach truces and ceasefire agreements inside the country have become the subject of increasing international attention and—while fraught with pitfalls and open to manipulation—stand to offer hope to civilians and reduce human suffering if properly supported and implemented.

Carnegie Middle East Center, in partnership with Oxfam, will present the new report Hungry for Peace: Positives and Pitfalls of Local Truces and Ceasefires in Syria, an in-depth academic analysis of local peace initiatives by Syrian organization Madani and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  The report analyzes both top-down attempts and more than 35 different local negotiations across Syria, between October 2011 and the present time, using information gathered by field researchers inside the country and from 45 interviews with civil society and political actors across conflict lines. It includes case studies from Homs, the Damascus countryside, Ras al-Ain, and the provision of services in Dara’a and Aleppo.

Speakers will discuss the ongoing dynamics of the Syria war, the possibilities for a homegrown peace process and the elements needed for this to happen. In the process, they will attempt to make a series of recommendations for an integrated framework that could support the achievement of sustainable peace in Syria. The panel will then take questions from the audience.

Space is limited. Participants are kindly requested to confirm their attendance by email or phone. A livestream of the event will be broadcast here.

The event will be held in Arabic, with simultaneous translation to English.

For more information, please contact Ms. Romy Nasr at rnasr@carnegie-mec.org or by telephone at +961 1 991491 (ext. 23).

NOAH BONSEY

Noah Bonsey is a senior analyst at the International Crisis Group. Bonsey has contributed to Crisis Group’s coverage of Syria since May 2012, including the reports Anything But Politics: The State of Syria’s Political Opposition andTentative Jihad: Syria’s Fundamentalist Opposition.

OMAR HALLAJ

Omar Hallaj is the former CEO of the Syria Trust for Development, and is currently visiting assistant professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Design in Beirut. He is active in a number of Syrian civil society initiatives.

RIM TURKMANI

Rim Turkmani is an astrophysicist and the founder of Madani, a UK-based based NGO that promotes the role of Syrian civil society in state-building. She is a main author of the LSE-Madani report Hungry for Peace: Positives and Drawbacks of Local Truces and Ceasefires in Syria.

MAHA YAHYA

Maha Yahya is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.