Focusing on dynamics in northeast Syria, including Der Ez Zor, Raqqa, and Rojava, looking at local leadership and governance structures in these areas post-ISIS. The session also examines the role of external actors in the region.

1 March 2018


Assaad Al Achi, Baytna Syria
Haid Haid, Consulting Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Rana Khalaf, Independent Consultant
Chair: Tamara Rifai, Independent Analyst


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.