Syria: Six Years On- From Destruction to Reconstruction. Deadline: 27th, February, 2017

EuroCSE’s Upcoming 2-Day Conference

Date: April 5th-6th 2017

Venue: To Be Announced Shortly

Location: London, England, UK

Time: 8:00- 20:30

Call for Papers:

EuroCSE will be accepting 300-500 word abstracts (in Word Format) regarding the conflict in Syria based on the topics provided below. The abstracts must be submitted no later than Monday the 27th of February, 2017 23:59. Abstracts should be submitted to:, Subject: Syria Conference- Abstract Submission

Please provide: Your FULL NAME, CONTACT DETAILS, including a comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resume to be submitted for consideration.

The European Centre for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge will be holding a two-day conference on Syria, titled: “Syria- Six Years On: From Destruction to Reconstruction” in London, UK from April 5th – 6th 2017.

Online paid registration will begin in the first week of March, 2017. If you would like to take part in one of our main thematic panel discussions/debates to deliver a talk in relation to Syria, please do get in touch & read the abstract submission guidelines below.

Please also find below the Conference Rationale/Call for Papers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Conference Rationale

The on-going war on Syria- which developed into a global conflict, has entered its sixth consecutive year.  The once economically self-reliant and pluralistic Levantine society- the Syrian Arab Republic- is now at the forefront of an international conflagration, with hundreds of thousands dead and millions of Syrian refugees dispersed across the world. A significant portion of Syria’s population is now suffering from starvation and malnutrition.  Syria is now at the centre of an international crisis, with rival global and regional players lined up on opposing sides, backing surrogate forces within Syria’s borders.

Before 2011, the sovereign, secular state of Syria was a relatively prosperous country, where health and education was free to all and the population attained a high level of literacy. Syria’s ancient civilisation, culture and diverse heritage was proudly displayed across the country, swelling with tourism and constructive dialogue was promoted amongst varied communities and spiritual leaders.

The downward spiral from growth and prosperity to destruction and depravation, means the future of Syria is now an international responsibility.  Civil society, especially in the West, must engage in Syria’s future in a more profound and productive manner. The re-construction of Syria requires new approaches to move beyond the divisions that have contributed to prolonging the war, with the aim of destroying the very fabric of Syrian society.

Six years on, it seems that the beginning of the end of the war has just begun. This conference is thus not only timely and imperative, but it also seeks to kick start the creation of effective dialogue, by promoting national reconciliation across Syria.


  • The Refugee Crisis.
  • Syria’s Ancient Antiquities
  • Syria & the European Union
  • The Syrian Kurdish Files
  • Medical Situation; Doctors; Hospitals
  • Reconstruction in Syria
  • The Military Industrial Complex
  • The role of Media & Art in the Syria Conflict
  • Development work in Syria
  • Syria’s Natural Resources
  • The Role of International Law
  • Third Party State Funding of Non-State Armed Groups
  • Defining Conflict: War on Syria? War in Syria? Civil War? War of Words? Proxy War? Religious or Sectarian War?
  • Syria & the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States Relations: The Syrian Arab Republic; the Russian Federation & the Islamic Republic of Iran Relations: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • the State of Qatar; the Republic of Turkey Relations: NATO Countries Uni or Bi- Polar World Order?
  • The United States vs the Russian Federation Opposition Forces- Inter-Rebel Conflict ISIS/ISIL/Al-Qaeda
  • Role of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s)
  • Cost of Sanctions on Syria- Justified or Unjustified?
  • Syria, Iran & the Nuclear Deal
  • The Role of the State of Israel in Syria
  • Palestine & Syria 2011-2017
  • The MENA 2011-2017 & Syria
  • Peace-building or Peace-sabotage? The Role of Ceasefires
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