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Stabilization and Reconstruction in Post-conflict Syria: Leadership Incubator

September 21, 2013 05:00 pm


In a world seeing an increasing number of intra-state conflicts driven by ethnic and religious identity politics, YPFP's immersive learning module on Stabilization and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Syria will help to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a stabilization and reconstruction road map for fragile countries seeking to emerge from a pattern of violence — toward peace.

Using the case study of Syria, participants will learn about the various factors that must be taken into account to build a lasting peace in conflict-ridden areas — particularly security sector reform, constitution-making, gender considerations, and religion — culminating in a simulation exercise in which participants will apply what they have learned to a fictional post-conflict Syria.

Module Objectives:

Through a series of intense and immersive events, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the complexities of the current conflict in Syria and understand the strategic framework of stabilization and reconstruction.
  • Develop negotiation skills.
  • Understand the main aspects of creating a constitution and reforming security sectors in a post-conflict country.
  • Participate in innovative thinking towards the Syrian future.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the influence of gender roles in peacemaking and the restoration process, as well as awareness of gender-sensitive programming.
  • Apply lessons learned in concluding fictionalized Syria simulation.


Syria Synopsis: Thursday, Sept 26  6:30pm

Elizabeth Mohan and Omar Ellaboudy will lead a lecture on the historical context and current conflict in Syria.

Wednesday, Oct 2: Negotiation Skill Development  6:30pm

Dr. Guy Ziv, Associate Professor at the School of International Service's U.S. Foreign Policy Program, will lead a workshop on negotiation skills. 

Wednesday, October 9: Stabilization and Reconstruction in Syria - Constitution-Making   6:30pm

Leila Hilal, Director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation will cover the process and challenges of creating a new constitution in a post-conflict Syria. After the presentation, participants will break out into discussion groups to further explore the topic in detail.

Tuesday, October 15: Gender and Conflict Transformation   6:30pm

Expert panelist will discuss the role and contributions of women in peacebuilding, the way wars impact women, and how to develop gender-sensitive programming. Panelists: Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Co-founder of International Civil Society Action Network; Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator for the International Civil Society Action Network; Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of the Center of Innovation for Gender and Peacebuilding at United States Institute of Peace; and Rafif Jouejati, Director of Free-Syria.

Wednesday, October 23: Stabilization and Reconstruction in Syria - Security Sector Reform  6:30pm

Presenters will discuss the main aspects of reforming and rebuilding security sectors in a post-conflict environment.

Saturday, November 2: Syria Simulation  9:00am

The International Peace and Security Institute will lead a simulation on a post-conflict Syria in which participants will represent the main actors in the stabilization and reconstruction process.

Wednesday, November 6: Closing Reception and Potluck  6:30pm

Please Note: Some dates outlined above may be subject to change. The Syria simulation is the culminating activity for this module. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the Saturday simulation.


Applications for this course will close on Saturday, September 21 at 5:00 pm. To apply, click the RSVP button above, fill out the application, and press submit.  For questions please email Lyla Combs at lyla.combs@ypfp.org

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