Discussing the relationship between different rebel groups and their composition and governance models, in addition to examining the dynamics between the groups and local communities. The panel also explores the prospects for reconstruction.

1 March 2018


Basel Al Juanidy, Al Sharq Forum
Zaina Erhaim, Independent Analyst
Chair: Dr Lina Khatib, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


Seven years into the Syrian conflict, many of the dynamics on the ground in Syria remain misunderstood or misrepresented, leading to oversimplification at best and problematic approaches to the crisis at worst.

This conference aims to shed light on the issues that are among the least understood in the Syrian context, including the opacity of regime areas, the composition and motivation of rebel factions, the future of areas liberated from ISIS, and the crucial roles of civil society and local communities.

It gathers leading policymakers, experts and civil society leaders to examine the key challenges and opportunities faced on the ground in Syria today.