Category Archives: Syria: the future in limbo

Crossing glances on Syria

Interview with

Laure Stephan • Le Monde
Jean-Hervé Bradol • Crash-Médecins sans Frontières
Matthieu Rey • CNRS

L. Stephan

J-H. Bradol

M. Rey

Apart from the protagonists of the Syrian conflict, three categories of actors and observers have formed a more or less tacit alliance: humanitarians, researchers and journalists. We asked three personalities from their ranks, who were directly invested in these six years of war, to share the lessons learned and to look towards the future. An exciting long run interview that allows us to better understand the constraints of one and another and their indisputable complementarity.
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Impacts of the Syrian crisis in Lebanon: civil society as a vector of solidarity

Dr Kamel Mohanna • Président de Amel Association International et coordinateur général du collectif des ONG libanaises et arabes

K. Mohanna

By hosting 1,500,000 Syrian refugees, Lebanon assumes its share of responsibility, maybe far beyond its capacities. Explaining the impact of this conflict on the “country of the cedar”, Kamel Mohanna also allows us to discover the action of Amel, the association he founded 38  years ago.
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The aid regime to Syria: a failed localisation

Peter Harling, Alex Simon and Rosalie Berthier • Synaps

P. Harling

A. Simon

R. Berthier

Shaped by their bureaucratic habits and destabilised by the unexpected complexity of the conflict, international organisations and NGOs alike neglected the local level. They thus deprived themselves of vital forces, capabilities and knowledge that the Syrian people and their civil society could mobilise to alleviate the suffering of the population. Six years on, whilst the conflict is far from reaching an end, it is about time for the international aid community to be helped by the Syrians themselves. This is a conclusion developed by three members of the nascent Synaps network and that is both well backed by facts and figures and quite instructive.

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Syria: will diplomacy put an end to the massacre?

Sami Aoun • Politologue, Université de Sherbrooke (Québec) et Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques (UQAM, Montréal, Québec)

S. Aoun

Sami Aoun engages here in a difficult exercise of geopolitical forecasting. First of all because in Syria, even more than in other contexts, facts speed up and multiple, sometimes secret, alliances, potentially volatile, can escape all expectations. Also because this conflict, loaded with a heavy emotional connotation, has some times displaced itself within the circle of its observers and researchers, ending up by provoking head on confrontations. But the exercise is compulsory if one wishes to dispose of elements on which to build a future reconstruction of the country and the region.

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“We need unconditional, unimpeded and sustained access to every single vulnerable person in Syria”

Interview with :

Stephen O’Brien • Sous-Secrétaire Général des Nations unies pour les Affaires humanitaires et Coordinateur de l’aide d’urgence (BCAH)

S. O’Brien

What has been going on in Syria for the past six years is probably unprecedented since the Second World War. But this paroxystic conflict, which captures the attention of the entire international community –  but without triggering funds and actions – should not make us forget the massive humanitarian crises that are scattered around the planet. This is what Stephen O’Brien tells us during an exclusive interview he gave to the chief editor of Humanitarian Alternatives. An opportunity, also, to know a little more about the reform of the UN since the arrival of Antònio Guterres at its head.

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