Study on future of Syria published ahead of Brussels Conference
April 4, 2017
Ahead of the EU Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” to take place tomorrow in Brussels, the network of think tanks EuroMeSCo (Euro-Mediterranean Study Commission) published a Policy Study on the “Future of Syria”. The Study was produced in the framework of the Project “Euro-Mediterranean Political Research and Dialogue for Inclusive Policymaking Processes and Dissemination through Network Participation”, co-funded by the EU and the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed).
This Joint Policy Study attempts to assess the post-conflict phase of Syria through four chapters: state-building, political, structural, and legal issues; Syria’s military post-conflict; Syria’s economy and the war damage, possible peace keeping and reconstruction architecture; and reconciliation and minorities in Syria.
The Study emphasises that it is imperative that the primary discussants of Syrian issues should be the Syrians themselves as they will be the main stakeholders at the negotiating table that will eventually determine the fate of the country. “In a nutshell, the intersection of the optimum interests and expectations of global, regional and local actors as well as cues drawn from other conflicts will lead to a resolution of the Syrian conflict.”
The Study, which includes two policy recommendation papers, adds to the ongoing efforts towards a sustainable resolution of the Syrian conflict and the rebuilding of post-conflict Syria.