Mission Impossible? The Case for a Syrian-Led Political Process

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Research Centres Suite, 9th floor, Tower 1, Clement's Inn, WC2A 2AZ


Salman Shaikh

Salman Shaikh

The Shaikh Group


Dr Courtney Freer

Dr Courtney Freer

LSE Middle East Centre

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Salman Shaikh is a negotiations specialist with eight years of experience in running Track II diplomacy with a wide spectrum of Syrian communities and constituencies. With Syria divided into zones of influence dominated by external players, he will address the question of what options remain for a political process – and what is at stake. At a time when world and regional powers are once again attempting to negotiate a political breakthrough that would serve their interests, he will argue that a path to an inclusive political process must – and can – be found. In this regard, he will also draw on years of engagement with key regional and international capitals, including Washington, Moscow, Ankara, Riyadh and London.

Salman Shaikh (@Salman_Shaikh1) is the Founder and CEO of The Shaikh Group (TSG). 

Courtney Freer (@courtneyfreer) joined the Kuwait Programme, LSE Middle East Centre in 2015 as a Research Officer. 

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Image: Salman Shaikh's TED talk 'Navigating the Arab Spring' in 2012. Source: YouTube.


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