What can peace in Syria look like?
What can peace look like in Syria, seven years after the revolution that ended up as a devastating civil war?
A seven-year long war has ravaged Syria, and more than five million people have fled the country. What started as the people’s cry for freedom, ended up as anything but that. Bashar al-Assad is still in power, big parts of the country are destroyed, and since 2011, tens of thousands of people in Syria have been detained, died under torture in Assad's prisons or just vanished without a trace, according to Amnesty International.
But now the world is starting to talk about peace. What can peace look like in Syria, seven years after the revolution that ended up as a devastating civil war? We will bring up questions such as the possibilities for return, Assad’s power, prospects for justice, and how the reconstruction of the country can happen.
Joakim Parslow, associate professor at The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, will lead a conversation between a panel with different approaches to the situation in Syria.
- Kristian Berg Harpviken, former director and now research professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)
- Zeina Bali, a co-founding member of SPACE (Syrian Peace Action Centre)
The event will be held in English. Breakfast will be served.
The event is a collaboration between The Student Council for Middle East Studies at the University of Oslo and The Student Council for Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes Høyskole.