Political Economy and Governance in Syria Conference
With a grant from the ID RIIF fund and additional support from the DFID fund, the Conflict Research Programme organised a conference between 4-5 December titled ‘Political Economy and Governance in Syria Conference’. The conference subsumed both academics, especially from LSE ID, and policy makers from the UK, the EU, the UN, Norway, Sweden and Canada.
The conference covered a number of pre-identified key topics including, but not exclusive to:
1. The current political economy with emphasis on main economic developments, shifting power relations and the creation of new business elites, housing and land management, diagnosing current reconstruction efforts and discussing possible conditionalities, and the potential role of Syria’s private sector in economic development and peacebuilding mechanisms.
2. The current and post-conflict governance, with particular attention to local governance mechanisms and elections, health governance, and the potentialities, opportunities and obstacles to decentralisation in Syria.
3. The role of civil society, with a focus on new CRP research on the contribution of the Syrian Civil Society to the Geneva process through the Civil Society Support Room and on its research on the documentation required for transitional justice mechanisms in Syria.