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Rethinking the 'State' in Syria: Violence, Institutional Fragility and Economic Collapse Public Roundtable: 'Regional and international involvement in post-war countries: in which way could external interventions contribute to the stabilization of MENA conflicts? Comparative perspectives'

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  • Fri 25 Sep 2020 16.30 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2020-09-25 16:30 2020-09-25 18:30 Europe/Paris Rethinking the 'State' in Syria: Violence, Institutional Fragility and Economic Collapse Public Roundtable: 'Regional and international involvement in post-war countries: in which way could external interventions contribute to the stabilization of MENA conflicts? Comparative perspectives'

The MEDirections Annual Conference will close the first stage of the Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS) which has provided operational and strategic analysis of the prospects, challenges, trends and policy options in the Syrian conflict since October 2018. The Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the Center for Operational Analysis and Research (COAR). 

The conference will provide academic analysis and fieldwork-research findings on the main local dynamics and actors to question the features of the state ‘from below’ after nine years of conflict. The Syria conflict has fundamentally transformed Syria’s centralized authoritarian security state. It has resulted in territorial, security and economic fragmentation, in the failure of the central State to restore order and face economic challenges, and in the military interventions of external actors. Will post-conflict Syria be marked by a transactional state, a failed state or a fierce state? What are the implications for the international Syria response?  

The Annual Conference is structured in two thematic panels (upon invitation) followed by a public policy roundtable. 

The policy roundtable "Regional and international involvement in post-war countries: in which way could external interventions contribute to the stabilization of MENA conflicts? Comparative perspectives" is scheduled on Friday 25 September from 16:30 until 18:30 and is free for registration.

The roundtable will discuss regional and international involvement in post-war countries in comparative perspectives: in which way could external interventions contribute to the stabilization of MENA conflicts? A selected group of international experts from the worlds of academia and policymaking will share their analysis on the meaning and effectiveness of the stabilization policies implemented by international actors (Russia, Turkey, US, EU, UAE) in war-torn countries (Syria and Libya).  

Abstract: Conflict stabilisation appears to have become a guiding principle for the international community, but its meaning is poorly defined and highly contentious. In Syria and Libya, stabilisation policies are implemented in situations where external state and non-state actors still intervene militarily and where no comprehensive settlement has been achieved. In this context, what is the effectiveness of stabilisation policies in building sustainable peace? Are these policies tools to ensure a lasting influence for foreign actors? Do they contribute to restore authoritarian rule, to strengthen some specific local actors or to build an inclusive political system?

The roundtable will provide short presentations from experts coming from the EU and the main countries involved in both Syria and Libya: Russia, Turkey, UAE, and US.

Moderator: Luigi Narbone | MEDirections Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Participants:

Gilles Bertrand | Chargés d’affaires ad interim, Delegation of the European Union to Syria

Virginie Collombier | MEDirections Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Agnès Favier | MEDirections Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Andrey Kortunov | Director General of The Russian Internal Affairs Council (Russia)

Galip Dalay | Brookings Doha Center (Turkey)

Steven Heydemann | Smith College (USA)

REGISTER BELOW FOR THE POLICY ROUND TABLE

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The MEDirections Annual Conference will close the first stage of the Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project (WPCS) which has provided operational and strategic analysis of the prospects, challenges, trends and policy options in the Syrian conflict since October 2018. The Wartime and Post-Conflict in Syria project is funded by the European Union and implemented in partnership with the Center for Operational Analysis and Research (COAR). 

The conference will provide academic analysis and fieldwork-research findings on the main local dynamics and actors to question the features of the state ‘from below’ after nine years of conflict. The Syria conflict has fundamentally transformed Syria’s centralized authoritarian security state. It has resulted in territorial, security and economic fragmentation, in the failure of the central State to restore order and face economic challenges, and in the military interventions of external actors. Will post-conflict Syria be marked by a transactional state, a failed state or a fierce state? What are the implications for the international Syria response?  

The Annual Conference is structured in two thematic panels (upon invitation) followed by a public policy roundtable. 

The policy roundtable "Regional and international involvement in post-war countries: in which way could external interventions contribute to the stabilization of MENA conflicts? Comparative perspectives" is scheduled on Friday 25 September from 16:30 until 18:30 and is free for registration.

The roundtable will discuss regional and international involvement in post-war countries in comparative perspectives: in which way could external interventions contribute to the stabilization of MENA conflicts? A selected group of international experts from the worlds of academia and policymaking will share their analysis on the meaning and effectiveness of the stabilization policies implemented by international actors (Russia, Turkey, US, EU, UAE) in war-torn countries (Syria and Libya).  

Abstract: Conflict stabilisation appears to have become a guiding principle for the international community, but its meaning is poorly defined and highly contentious. In Syria and Libya, stabilisation policies are implemented in situations where external state and non-state actors still intervene militarily and where no comprehensive settlement has been achieved. In this context, what is the effectiveness of stabilisation policies in building sustainable peace? Are these policies tools to ensure a lasting influence for foreign actors? Do they contribute to restore authoritarian rule, to strengthen some specific local actors or to build an inclusive political system?

The roundtable will provide short presentations from experts coming from the EU and the main countries involved in both Syria and Libya: Russia, Turkey, UAE, and US.

Moderator: Luigi Narbone | MEDirections Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Participants:

Gilles Bertrand | Chargés d’affaires ad interim, Delegation of the European Union to Syria

Virginie Collombier | MEDirections Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Agnès Favier | MEDirections Programme, Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute

Andrey Kortunov | Director General of The Russian Internal Affairs Council (Russia)

Galip Dalay | Brookings Doha Center (Turkey)

Steven Heydemann | Smith College (USA)

REGISTER BELOW FOR THE POLICY ROUND TABLE


Location:
Zoom - Webinar

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Webinar

Organiser:
Luigi Narbone (School of Transnational Governance & Middle East Directions Programme, EUI)
Agnès Favier

Contact:
Middle East Directions Programme - Send a mail

Attachment:
DRAFT PROGRAMME_MED-WPCS Annual Conference Roundtable.pdf

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