Reflecting on challenges faced by civil society actors across Syria and their relationships with international players, plus discussing their prospective roles in different areas including the peace process.

1 March 2018


Maria Al-Abdeh, Executive Director, Women Now For Development (WND)
Oula Ramadan, Founder and Director, Badael Foundation
Salim Salamah, University of Oxford
Chair: Laila Alodaat, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)


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.