Caabu event: The role of Syrian civil society in resolving the current crisis

Posted by Caabu on 28 Jun 2013

Please join Caabu for a public briefing on the role of Syrian civil society in resolving the current crisis.

When: Monday, 8 July, 6 - 8pm
Where: Grand Committeee Room, House of Commons


Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics.

Dr. Rim Turkmani, academic at Imperial College London and founder of Madani, an organisation that supports the role of civil society in democratic transition in Syria.

Chair: Andy Love MP

With Syrian political forces failing to present clear strategies about resolving the crisis in the country, it is vital that Syrian civil society is able to play a leading role. Civil society can offer solutions to the crisis, and take key decisions on the problems facing the country, where politics and diplomacy fails. Civil society activism inside Syria is increasing at a rate much faster than political activism. An emerging civil society in Syria is playing an important stabilising role in this crisis.  It is producing organic home-grown solutions reflecting the deep roots of the conflict in Syria and the genuine needs of Syrian society. 

Professor Mary Kaldor and Dr. Rim Turkmani were key organisers in a recent conference in Beirut:  "Towards a strategic solution to the Syrian crisis: The role of civil society". A large number of Syrian civil society figures from across the political spectrum were in attendance at the Beirut conference, representing forty different organisations.  Professor Mary Kaldor and Dr. Rim Turkmani will offer their thoughts on the possible role this society can now play in bringing peace back to Syria. At this public briefing, they will discuss the views heard from the Syrians who attended the conference.  The conference was covered by BBC Newsnight.

Seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to attend this public briefing on the role of Syrian civil society in resolving the crisis, please RSVP to Joseph Willits ( You can also get in contact through Twitter.

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To enter parliament, please use Cromwell Green Entrance, marked 7 on this map. Allow at least 20 minutes to pass through security.