Al Sharq Forum, In partnership with Chatham House, organized a round table event to discuss the topic “Options for Syria,” in Istanbul on May 3rd, 2017.
The Syrian civil war is one of the longest post-cold war ongoing conflicts, with a heavy toll on civilians, and with long-lasting effects on regional and international politics. There are multiple regional and international actors directly and indirectly involved in the conflict. As the crisis has changed shape and forms, these primary actors’ policies and priorities have evolved as well. The recent chemical attack by the regime in Idlib and the ensuing US response have introduced new variables into the equation in Syria. At this stage, it is of paramount importance to evaluate the situation in Syria and analyse how the options and priorities of the Syrian, of regional and of international actors have changed. The round table aims to be both descriptive and prescriptive on the Syrian crisis.
This event will bring together experts, policymakers, and current and former officials, as well as representatives of international agencies, to share their perspectives, provide new insights on the current situation in Syria and suggest and assess options for conflict resolution and peace in Syria. The closed round table discussions will operate under the Chatham House rules. The topics and questions of the round table discussions can be found enclosed.
Round table hosted by Al Sharq Forum and Chatham House
May 3, 2017
9.00 – 10.30 Session 1: The Political Track in Syria
This session assesses the prospects of talks on Syria in Astana and Geneva. What are the priorities of the major Syrian actors and what options are available to them?
10.30 – 11.00 Refreshments
11.00 – 12.30 Session 2: The Role of Regional Actors
This session discusses the changes in the roles of regional actors on Syria. How have their policies changed? Can there be a Saudi-Iranian agreement on Syria? What is the PYD’s future acceptable role from Turkey’s perspective?
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Session 3: The Role of International Actors
This session focuses on options available for international actors in the Syrian context. Is US foreign policy shifting? What is the Iranian future acceptable role in Syria from Russia’s perspective? What is the future of Russian-Turkish relations?
15.00 – 15.30 Refreshments
15.30 – 17.00 Session 4: The Way Forward
This session assesses options available for achieving a settlement to the Syrian conflict. How can political transition be implemented? What is the future of armed groups in Syria? Who will govern areas liberated from Daesh? What role can the EU play?
The round table will take place at the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel, situated at Cihannuma Mah Saray Cd No5 Besiktas, Istanbul. This event is closed to the public
Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel