Wartime Economic Orders in Syria: Obstacles to and Opportunities for Early Recovery and Rebuilding

Lundi, 15 Mai, 2017 - 15:00

OMAM - REPI Workshop

Monday 15 May 2017 / 15:00 - 17:30

Speakers include:

     Dr. Reinoud Leenders, King’s College London, Department of War Studies & visiting professor at Université libre de Bruxelles

     Prof. Steven Heydemann, Smith College, Northampton, US, Department of Middle East Studies

     Mr. Patrick Costello, European External Action Service (EEAS), Head of Division Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt

     Ms. Valerie Szybala, Executive Director, The Syria Institute (Washington D.C.) 

Chair: Dr. Jihane Sfeir, Université libre de Bruxelles, Observatoire des Mondes Arabes et Musulmans (OMAM), Maison des Sciences Humaines (MSH)

Discussant: Dr. Christian Olsson, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Recherche et Enseignement en Politique Internationale (REPI), Observatoire des Mondes Arabes et Musulmans (OMAM)


Early preparation for recovery and post-conflict economic reconstruction in Syria will be essential for how effectively Syrian and international actors are to be engaged to face formidable challenges. This workshop explores significant gaps in our knowledge of the social, institutional, and international factors in Syria that sustain wartime economic orders, empower local actors with vested interests in perpetuating conflict, and impede economic reconstruction.

In turn, identifying viable local governance and service provision structures within Syria will allow for better directed aid and funding in the ‘emergency phase’ of recovery, optimise existing social capital to alleviate hardship caused by armed conflict, and assist in responding to steep challenges at any early stage of recovery once violence has subsided or ended.

The panelists have conducted academic research and policy work on Syria’s political economy for many years, putting them in an unique position to present key parameters of early recovery and reconstruction in Syria.

The invited audience is encouraged to actively take part in debate. Chatham House Rules apply.    


Location: Institut d’Etudes Européennes, ULB, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 39, 1050 Bruxelles (Geremek room)

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