UI public seminar: The future of Syria: prospects for justice, peace and reconciliation.

What is the future of Syria and its people? Can peace be achieved, or will the fault lines of the conflict solidify with Assad maintaining his grip on power?

The war in Syria is now a decade old, with immense human suffering and destruction in its wake. More than 180,000 people have been killed, 11 million displaced, and more than 100,000 have been forcibly disappeared.

Since 2011 there have been efforts by the international community to negotiate peace but with little success. At the same, Syrian civil society actors and diaspora are pursuing ways to hold the government accountable for their crimes. Whether this is through a truth and reconciliation committee or an international legal tribunal depends on the political conditions and the support given by the international community.


Aron Lund, Researcher at FOI in Stockholm and Fellow at The Century Foundation.

Dr. Johanna Mannergren Selimovic, Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, School of Social Sciences, Södertörn University and Senior Associate Research Fellow at UI.

Laila Alodaat, MENA Director at Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Rouzbeh Parsi, Head of UI’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.

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