Transitional Justice in Syria after Vienna Process: Achieving Justice and Accountability

Click here to read the release   On December 29-30, 2015, The Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), in cooperation with the Syrian Expert House (SHE), held a conference entitled More »

SCPSS and Syrian Expert House Organized a Conference on the Role of Kurds in Transition in Syria

Click here to read the release   On June 13-14 2015, the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) and the Syrian Expert House (SHE) organized a conference entitled: “Kurds and More »

UN Special Envoy to Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

Read the release here   On May 13, 2015, Mr. Amr al-Sarraj, a non-resident senior researcher in the Transitional Justice team at the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) met More »

Syrian Expert House Meets Kurdish and Syrian Communities from Der Ezzor in Urfa, Turkey

Read the release here On 24-25 August, 2014, a delegation from Syrian Expert House, headed by Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), and Mr. More »

Syrian Expert House Meets Syrian Legal and Civil Society Organizations in Mersin, Turkey

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Transitional Justice in Syria after Vienna Process: Achieving Justice and Accountability

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On December 29-30, 2015, The Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), in cooperation with the Syrian Expert House (SHE), held a conference entitled “Transitional Justice in Syria after Vienna Process: Achieving Justice and Accountability” in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Narrating the story of Syria’s Little Gandhi January

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10 2016 11:41 PM

 

By Umer Nangiana

 

Source: Gulf Times

 

All he wanted was peace. He fought violence with flowers and killing of fellow human beings was “impossible.” In return for his peaceful overtures, he was captured, detained, tortured and killed.

SCPSS and Syrian Expert House Organized a Conference on the Role of Kurds in Transition in Syria

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On June 13-14 2015, the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) and the Syrian Expert House (SHE) organized a conference entitled: “Kurds and Transition in Syria”. The conference aimed to establish a new document to analyze and study the role of the Kurds in the transitional process in Syria. This new work will complement Syria Transition Roadmap. The document which will result from this conference comes four years after the start of the Syrian Revolution, and two years after the publication of the original Syria Transition Roadmap plan, and will draw on the events and changes seen over the past two years.

IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook 2015

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Strategics Sectors | Security & Politics

Sectarian Policies in the Middle East Region: the Confessionalisation of Political Conflict

Radwan, Ziadeh

Executive Director

Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies,

Washington, DC

UN Special Envoy to Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

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On May 13, 2015, Mr. Amr al-Sarraj, a non-resident senior researcher in the Transitional Justice team at the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) met with United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Mr. Staffan de Mistura , along with other officials from his team, at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, to give a presentation on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House (SEH) detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria. Mr. Alsarraj visit included other meetings to discuss the Syrian crises as a representative of the Syrian Expert House (SEH) and the Idrak Center for Studies and Consultation.

 

Assad: A President in Name Only

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Dr. Radwan Ziadeh – Executive Director of SCPSS

February 26, 2015

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has been active in the Western media as of late, granting two lengthy interviews to Foreign Affairs magazine and the BBC. But has he offered anything new or different in either of these interviews? The simple answer is, no, which begs two questions: Why would he agree to them and what do they reveal?

To Be Syrian and a Professor: Recipe for Tragedy

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Wassim Abdo / 06 Feb 2015

Source: Al-Fanar Media

ISTANBUL—Syrian professors have two choices: Stay in their country and risk their lives or scatter to the winds and live largely in isolation.

An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling

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Source: Huffington Post

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Posted: 11/06/2014 5:00 pm EST

America’s multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. Within six months, ISIS could begin operations near major Jordanian cities and the border with Israel. Within six months, America’s ground partners against ISIS — the moderate Syrian opposition, which has suffered thousands of casualties to push ISIS back — could soon be expelled from all territories near ISIS’s de facto capital of Raqqa.

The Resilience of Moderate Syrian Rebels

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September 2014 | Félix Legrand

Source: Arab Reform Initiative

PDF report here

As calls emerge for cooperation with the Assad regime to help roll back the advances of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria, Felix Legrand argues that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is the only actor in the conflict with the capacity and local legitimacy to defeat ISIS in Syria.

United States has a role and responsibility in Syria

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Source: Alaska Dispatch News

 

Radwan Ziadeh | September 30, 2014

 

It has been three and a half years since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011 that came after the mass demonstrations in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh on “Syria: From Struggle for Freedom to Humanitarian Crisis”

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September 30, 2014

Interview with Dr. Radwan Ziadeh here

TOPIC:  Dr. Radwan Ziadeh on “Syria: From Struggle for Freedom to Humanitarian Crisis”

RECORDED: Friday, Sept. 26, 2014 at the Hilton Anchorage

Juneau World Affairs Council: Radwan Ziadeh on Syria

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The Juneau World Affairs Council presents Syria: From Struggle for Freedom to Humanitarian Crisis with Radwan Ziadeh. Ziadeh is an author, scholar and international policy expert with a focus on Syria. He is founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies in Syria. He is also a co-founder and executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. He gave a talk @360 on September 24, 2014.

Rigged Cars and Barrel Bombs: Aleppo and the State of the Syrian War

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Source: International Crises Group
Beirut/Brussels | 9 Sep 2014

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Syria is sliding toward unending war between an autocratic, sectarian regime and the even more autocratic, more sectarian jihadi group that has made dramatic gains in both Syria and Iraq. Without either a ceasefire in Aleppo or greater support from its state backers,

Syrian Expert House Meets Kurdish and Syrian Communities from Der Ezzor in Urfa, Turkey

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On 24-25 August, 2014, a delegation from Syrian Expert House, headed by Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), and Mr. Amr al-Sarraj, senior researcher in the Transitional Justice team, traveled to Urfa city to hold meetings and discussions about Syria Transition Roadmap, a document published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria. The meetings were conducted with Syrian and Kurdish communities, residents, human rights activists from Syrian-Kurdish civil society organizations, representatives from Syrian civil society organizations, relief organizations, political movements, refugees from Der Ezzor province and other eastern provinces.

Syrian Expert House Meets Syrian Legal and Civil Society Organizations in Mersin, Turkey

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On 25-26 August, 2014, a delegation from Syrian Expert House, headed by Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), and Mr. Amr al-Sarraj, senior researcher in the Transitional Justice team, traveled to Mersin city to hold meetings with a group of defected judges, human rights activists, civil-society organizations, and a number of victims’ families. The meetings outlined Syria Transition Roadmap, a document published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

American Approaches to the Arab Revolutions – The Arab World and the US conference

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Dr. Ziadeh spoke about American Policy on the Middle East Region After the Arab Spring: The Syrian Case

 

Syrian Expert House Meets with Syrian National Movement to Discuss Syria Transition Roadmap

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On 14 August, 2014, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), met in Istanbul Dr. Emad Ad-Din Rashid, head of the political office of the Syrian National Movement, to discuss Syria Transition Roadmap, a document published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria. In the meeting the two parties conferred about methods to implement its recommendations, particularly Transitional Justice.

Dr. Radwan Ziaden meets with head of Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army

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On August 16, 2014, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), met in Istanbul with General Abdulilah Al-Bashir, head of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, to discuss Syria Transition Roadmap, a document published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

Superpowers must act: The puzzle of US action in Syria

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As the US mulls military involvement in Syria, Ahram Online untangles the diplomatic web of consequences behind direct strikes
 
Bassem Aly , Friday 29 Aug 2014
 
Source: Ahramonline
 

Many reports this week have suggested the hesitancy of US President Barack Obama over military involvement in Syria against fierce jihadists. Ironically, the administration of the US president was ready to launch a military strike against Bashar Assad’s regime in September of last year in order to deter its troops from using chemical weapons against civilians.

 

Syrian Expert House Participates in Workshops on Establishing Institutions in the Liberated Areas of Daraa Province

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On Wednesday August 13th, 2014 and at the invitation of the Supervision and Studies Committee in Daraa, the Syrian Expert House (SEH) participated in a special workshop on establishing institutions and rebuilding, followed by another workshop on the Syrian judiciary and establishing a judicial system.

Rebel-held Suburbs of Damascus: Resilience Mechanisms in the Face of Chemical Attacks

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July 2014, by Ilina Angelova

Source: Arab Reform Initiative

 

Numerous witness accounts described the chaos and panic as people responded to the chemical attacks of 21 August 2013 on East and West Ghouta in Rif Dimashq province (outside Damascus). Nevertheless, the rebel-held towns did not succumb to the regime invasion which followed the chemical attacks, mobilising a response to the humanitarian crisis and saving the lives of hundreds of people.

Syria Feature: Opposition Appeals for British Help to Stop the Bombing

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Source: EA WorldView
By July 9, 2014 08:37

In two days of briefings, a delegation from Syria’s opposition abroad has pressed for greater official support from Britain to end regime atrocities and lead a transition away from President Assad’s rule.

Syrian Expert House Meets with UK FCO

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Delegation Holds Meetings on Syria Transition Roadmap with Policymakers

 

Washington, DC – On June 23 and 24, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and a delegation from the Syrian Expert House traveled to London to hold high-level meetings with officials and civil society organizations on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

The plan and the future of the democratic transition in Syria

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The Centre for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) organized a symposium on “the plan and the future of the democratic transition in Syria” on Friday, May 23rd2014 in its Montplaisir office where Mr. Radwan Ziadeh, a visiting scholar at the John F. Kennedy School of Political Science, lectured about the current situation in Syria stating the different possibilities and scenarios for the future of the Syrian crisis.

The Colonial Strategy of ISIS in Syria

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Source: Arab Reform Initiative

June 2014, by Félix Legrand

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) has taken control of significant parts of northeast Syria, building an “Islamic state” in the former Baathist stronghold. ISIS relies on a foreign jihadist elite for the core of its military and political structure, augmented with local allies. Ideology, however, is far from being the dominant explanatory factor for the capacity of ISIS to rally support among their Syrian allies of convenience.

Syria in Revolt

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By: Sadik J. Al-Azm

 

 

I am often asked: Did the eruption of the popular uprising in Syria against the ruling military regime and police state of the Assad family and sect take me by surprise?

Lebanon’s Hizbollah Turns Eastward to Syria

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Middle East Report N°153 27 May 2014
  
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The Lebanese Shiite armed movement Hizbollah has gone all-in for Syrian President Bashar Assad. It has shown it will back his regime by any means necessary, despite doubts about its capacity to win a decisive victory and regardless of the risks to the movement’s own moral standing and cross-sectarian appeal. As it is drawn ever-deeper into its neighbour’s civil war that seems poised to endure for years, it finds itself increasingly distracted from its original anti-Israel focus and risking a profound reshaping of its identity.

Flight of Icarus? The PYD’s Precarious Rise in Syria

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Middle East Report N°151 8 May 2014

 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

With the Syrian regime and opposition locked in a see-saw battle, Kurdish forces have consolidated control over large portions of the country’s north. Their principal players, the Democratic Union Party (Partiya Yekîtiya Demokrat,PYD) and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units (Yekîneyên Parastina Gel, YPG)

Between Not-In and All-In: U.S. Military Options in Syria

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Source: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2014

Chandler P. Atwood, Joshua C. Burgess, Michael Eisenstadt, and Joseph D. Wawro
 
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 In light of the inability of diplomacy and sanctions to staunch the Syrian bloodletting, the Obama administration is reviewing its policy alternatives in Syria. This paper, and the associated briefing, provides an overview of U.S. military options, evaluating the pros and cons of each.

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem: America can stop the ‘barrel bombs’ in Syria

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Source : Washington Post

Date : May 8 / 2014

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem is the senior political adviser and government relations director for the Syrian American Council in Washington, a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria and a fellow at the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

Ziadeh Gives Syria Transition Roadmap Briefing in Gaziantep, Turkey

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Washington, DC – On April 29, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh participated in a seminar in Gaziantep, Turkey hosted by the Knowledge and Freedom of Expression Forum. The participants of the meeting included Syrian journalists representing new media initiatives such as Dawda Newspaper, Emisa, and Saida Souriya and Syrian activists that had fled Syria to seek refuge in Turkey.

Syrian Expert House Meets with the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Delegation Holds Meetings with Policymakers on Syria Transition Roadmap

Washington, DC – On May 5-6, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and a delegation from the Syrian Expert House traveled to Berlin, Germany to hold high-level meetings with German officials and civil society organizations on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

The Rising Costs of Turkey’s Syrian Quagmire

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Gaziantep/Istanbul/Brussels | 30 Apr 2014

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS GROUP – REPORT

Continuous refugee flows from Syria are stretching Turkey’s capacities and necessitate long-term adjustments as well as stronger international engagement to better share the burden.

In the new issue of Rowaq Arabi: What future for the Muslim Brotherhood?

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April 7, 2014. | Rowaq Arabi

 

What is the future of the Muslim Brotherhood after the ouster of Mohammed Morsi? This is the question raised by the challenges which have followed the swift downfall of the Brotherhood’s rule. The answer is yet to be seen: the Brotherhood may turn to violence and abandon peaceful, democratic politics, or the organization may choose to be again incorporated into the political scene based on new political arrangements. Both of these options pose challenges to the group and must be considered in light of changing political and security circumstances in Egypt and the region.

A Comprehensive Strategy for Syria: Next Steps for the West

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Carnegie Middle East Center

Lina Khatib

MARCH 4, 2014

The ongoing Syrian conflict between the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and disparate opposition groups is far from resolution. U.S. and European policymakers should look beyond the objectives of the Geneva II conference on Syria, which was held in early 2014, and implement a comprehensive strategy to push the conflict toward a settlement.

Syrian Expert House Delegation Meets with Deputy Minister Bogdanov

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Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap
 

Washington, DC – On April 16, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and a delegation from the Syrian Expert House met with Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikhail Bogdanov and other representatives of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The Syrian Expert House Delegation included:

US Special Envoy to Syria Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

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Ziadeh Discusses Plan for Syrian Democratic Transition with Special Envoy Rubinstein

 

Washington, DC – On April 11, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh met with Special Envoy to Syria Daniel Rubinstein, along with other officials in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, at the US Department of State to give a presentation on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Delegation Visits Moscow

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Key Russian Policy Makers to be Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

Washington, DC – From April 14 to 18, 2014 a delegation from the Syrian Expert House is traveling to Moscow, Russia to brief key Russian policy makers and civil society organizations on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies and the Syrian Expert House on the democratic political transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Holds Meeting in Daraa

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Daraa Local Council Members Discuss Syria Transition Roadmap

 

Washington, DC – Members of the Syrian Expert House held a meeting in the city of Daraa in southern Syria to discuss Syria Transition Roadmap, a report published by the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies presenting a comprehensive and consensus vision of the Syrian opposition on the democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Meets with EU Officials

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Delegation Holds High-Level Meetings with EU on Syria Transition Roadmap
 

Washington, DC – On March 24-26, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and a delegation from the Syrian Expert House traveled to Brussels, Belgium to hold high-level meetings with European Union diplomats and officials on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Delegation Meets with French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Ambassador Chevallier and Senior French Officials Briefed By Syrian Expert House
 

Washington, DC – On March 28, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and a delegation from the Syrian Expert House were invited to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France to give a presentation on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Meets with Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Syrian Delegation and Senior Belgian Officials Discuss Syria Transition Roadmap

Washington, DC – On March 26, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and a Syrian Expert House delegation were invited to the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a presentation on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the  democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Delegation to Hold Public Event in Paris

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The Delegation to Discuss Syria Transition Roadmap in the Arab World Institute
 

Washington, DC – On March 27 and 28, 2014 a delegation from the Syrian Expert House, will hold a number of meetings for briefing key French policymakers, journalists, academics, and civil society organizations on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies and the Syrian Expert House on the post-conflict democratic political transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Delegation to Visit Brussels and Paris

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European Endowment for Democracy to Hold Public Event on Syria Transition Roadmap in Brussels on March 24

Washington, DC – From March 24 to March 29, 2014 a delegation from the Syrian Expert House, will travel to Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France to brief key European policy makers, officials from the European Parliament, representatives from Belgian and French foreign ministries, and civil society organizations on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies and the Syrian Expert House on the post-conflict democratic political transition in Syria.

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Dutch Government Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

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Ziadeh and Senior Dutch Officials Discuss Plan for Post-Assad Transition

Washington, DC – On March 12, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh was invited to the Hague, the Netherlands by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a presentation on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the post-conflict democratic transition in Syria.

Syrian Expert House Members Attend Geneva II Peace Conference

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Hafez, Sabra Provide Expert Support on Opposition Negotiation Team

 

Washington, DC – Prominent members of the Syrian Expert House returned to Geneva, Switzerland this week to renew their participation in ongoing peace talks between the Syrian opposition and the Syrian government. Dr. Hosam Hafez and Mohammed Sabra joined the opposition delegation in the first round of talks.

Zooming in on Syria: Adapting US Policy to Local Realities

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Atlantic Council | Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

 

By Faysal Itani and Nathaniel Rosenblatt

 

The key to ending the crisis in Syria is a better understanding of local players and power dynamics. By viewing the conflict through a local prism, the United States and its Western allies can help build a coherent, capable, and legitimate opposition, which is an essential ingredient for any political transition or even negotiations.

SCPSS Announces Agreement with Riad Al-Rayyes Books

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Publishing House to Print 500,000 Copies of Syria Transition Roadmap
 

Washington, DC – Today, the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) announced that it had reach an agreement with Riad Al-Rayyes Books, a Lebanese publishing house, regarding printing a popular version of Syria Transition Roadmap, SCPSS’s report on the post-conflict democratic political transition in Syria.

CIHRS publishes new book: Deliverance or Destruction? Syria at a Crossroads

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The countries of the “Arab Spring” have experienced political and social upheavals that vary in scope, in terms of their impact on the democratic transitions in these countries, and in terms of the extent to which they led to – or thwarted – the realization of the goals of these uprisings.

US Ambassador Commends Syria Transition Roadmap

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Ziadeh Briefs US Official on Plan for Post-Conflict Transition

 

Washington, DC – On January 3, 2014, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh met in Washington, DC with US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford to discuss Syria Transition Roadmap

Syrian alliance says ‘yes’ to Geneva-2 but other groups still ‘sceptical’

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Source: Ahram Online
 
Nadeen Shaker , Monday 20 Jan 2014 

Ahead of the peace talks on 22 January, Ahram Online’s Nadeen Shaker says the conference will fail to unite all opposition groups, leaving door open for prolonged divisiveness and conflict

 

An alliance of Syrian opposition forces have decided to take part in internationally-brokered peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian crisis.

 

Syria: Talking about peace talks

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We look at the hurdles facing the warring parties ahead of the upcoming negotiations in Geneva.

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Source: Al Jazeera

The Syrian National Coalition is meeting in the Turkish city of Istanbul to decide whether to attend peace talks in Switzerland which are due to take place in a few days.

Syria’s War Economy

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Posted by: Samer Abboud Thursday, January 9, 2014

 

Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

There are always profits to be made during civil conflicts, where entrepreneurial networks often emerge to reap the benefits of chaos and conflict, and the Syrian case is no different.

Friends of Syria Group Commends Syria Transition Roadmap

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Washington, DC – On December 12, 2013, the Working Group on Economic Recovery and Development of the Group of the Friends of the Syrian People held its third plenary meeting in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Dr. Osama Kadi, president of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, attended the meeting as head of the Syrian delegation. The Government of the Republic of Korea hosted the meeting.

 

Syrian Expert House, Interim Government Sign Memorandum of Understanding

MoU to Focus on Transitional Justice, Economic Recovery, and Rule of Law

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Washington, DC – On December 18, 2013, the Syrian Interim Government and the Syrian Expert House signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding plans for collaboration in implementing the recommendations published by the Syrian Expert House in Syria Transition Roadmap. The agreement, signed by Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies and founder of the Syrian Expert House, and Prime Minister Ahmed Touma of the Syrian Interim Government, outlines the intention of the two entities to cooperated extensively on future projects relating to Rule of Law, Transitional Justice, Security Sector Reform, Economic Reform, and National Dialogue.

UN Officials Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

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Ziadeh Discusses Political Transition, Plans for Transitional Justice at UN

 

Washington, DC – On December 18-20, 2013, Dr. Radwan Ziadeh, executive director of the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies, traveled to New York City to hold meetings on Syria Transition Roadmap with various UN officials. Throughout the three days, Dr. Ziadeh met with representatives from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Office of the Joint Special Representative for Syria, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

Syrian Expert House Opens Offices on Syrian Border

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Dughaim, Jobran Appointed Office Directors

Washington, DC – On December 17, 2013, the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies announced the opening of two Syrian Expert House offices on the Syrian border in Turkey. The offices, opened in Reyhanli and Gaziantep, will serve as outreach and coordination headquarters for the Syrian Expert House

Syrian Expert House Engages with Syrian Islamic Political Leaders to Support Syria Transition Roadmap

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Washington, DC – On December 11 and 12, 2013, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and Syrian Expert House members met with a number of Syrian Islamic political leaders to discuss the recommendations of Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the post-Assad democratic transition in Syria.

Power and policy in Syria

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Power and policy in Syria : intelligence services, foreign relations and democracy in the modern Middle East / Radwan Ziadeh. – Rev. paperback ed. – London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2013. – xxi, 228 p. – (Library of modern Middle East studies). – ISBN 978-1-78076-290-6

 When this book by Radwan Ziadeh first came out, Syria was not yet embroiled in the civil war resulting from the upheavals connected to the “Arab Spring”. In 2013, when the second edition was released, things had substantially changed.

Aleppo under attack

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As Syria’s government forces intensify aerial bombardment, we discuss the impact on the upcoming Geneva peace talks.
 
Inside Syria Last updated: 22 Dec 2013 13:59
 

Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, has been subjected to an intensive, indiscriminate and sustained aerial bombardment.

Syrian Expert House Conducts Open Workshops on Syria Transition Roadmap in Syrian and on Syrian Border

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Press Release in PDF

Washington, DC – On December 12, 2013, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and Syrian Expert House members met in Turkey with a large number of Syrian lawyers and judges to discuss the recommendations of Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the post-Assad democratic transition in Syria.

Insufficient incentives for improving security

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Dr. Radwan Ziadeh – Executive Director of SCPSS

19 December 2013

Now that Syria has joined the Chemical Weapons Convention and Bashar al-Assad’s chemical stockpile is being destroyed, it is the Syrian people who will benefit—it is they who have been blatantly targeted with chemical weapons by their own political leadership. Similarly, ordinary people across the Middle East would benefit if a chemical-weapon-free zone were established in the region. Chemical weapons are above all a human rights issue.

UK Government Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

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Syrian Expert House Discusses Plan for Post-Assad Transition with FCO

Washington, DC – On December 10, 2013, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh and Syrian Expert House member Mohamed Sabra met in Istanbul, Turkey with Jon Wilks, the United Kingdom’s Special Representative to the Syrian Opposition, and other officials from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Danish Government Briefed on Syria Transition Roadmap

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Ziadeh and Senior Danish Officials Discuss Plan for Post-Assad Transition

Washington, DC – On December 5, 2013, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS) Executive Director Dr. Radwan Ziadeh was invited to Copenhagen, Denmark by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to give a presentation on Syria Transition Roadmap, a document recently published by SCPSS and the Syrian Expert House detailing the Syrian opposition’s vision of the post-Assad democratic transition in Syria.

NPCTJ Visits Kingdom of Morocco

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Preparatory Committee Learns from Moroccan TJ Experience


 

On December 1-4, 2013, the National Preparatory Committee for Transitional Justice (NPCTJ) visited Morocco to learn about the significant role that Morocco has played in the field of transitional justice.  The NPCTJ was invited to visit Morocco by the president of the National Human Rights Council in Morocco, Driss El Yazami.

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