The civil war in Syria drags on into its fifth year, with little hope for peace. The crisis has escalated further with the debut of a Russian aerial campaign, and as the Islamic State has taken control of key regional cities. As the war in Syria shows little sign of long-term conclusion, despite recent international efforts to broker a ceasefire, millions of Syrians are seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and indeed, within the EU. The conflict has become a proxy war, with significant divisions not only between regional and international actors, but indeed, a civilizational narrative of democracy challenged by radicalism.
Join Syrian activist Bassam Al-Kuwatli, currently based in Gaziantep, Turkey, to discuss the current situation on the ground in Syria. Will the ceasefires hold in Syria? How can the EU better support Syrian refugees seeking asylum both in the region and within the EU?
Join YPFP Brussels for this critical Briefings event to discuss the situation on the ground in Syria and beyond. The event will generously be hosted by the European Foundation for Democracy. The European Foundation for Democracy is a policy institute based in Brussels that is dedicated to upholding Europe’s fundamental values of democratic governance, political pluralism, individual liberty and religious tolerance.
Bassam Al-Kuwatli is a Syrian activist based in Gaziantep, southern Turkey. He heads an organisation called RMTeam that provides a variety of services to donors, local and international NGOs and private institutions. He has been involved in political activism since 1991, taking a principled stand against the concept and system of inheriting the presidency. Al-Kuwatli has been supportive of the Syrian uprising since the beginning and has managed the peace-building, justice and police department within the Assistance Coordination Unit of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (Etilaf), set up to coordinate assistance to all those affected by the crisis, from March-September 2013. Prior to that, he was a founding member of the Syrian National Bloc in May 2011 and a member of the Syrian National Council in November 2011. He holds an advanced degree in Computer Science and an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management.
Please note that this event is only for YPFP members (Must bring ID)
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