Syria: Neither Dictatorship nor Sectarian Divide

Information and Solidarity Meeting

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
27 September 2017 - 16:00h
LOCATION: CIDOB, sala Jordi Maragall, Elisabets 12,08001 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB and Ayuntamiento de Barcelona

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Objective

For over six years now, the Syrian population has been suffering one of the largest conflicts and humanitarian crisis of the last 75 years. This appalling situation is the result of the armed repression unleashed by the regime of Bachar Al Asad during the spring of 2011 to crush the massive peaceful mobilizations demandeing democracy and civil rights, and the end of the police state and institutionalized corruption. 

Since then, Syria has succumbed to the spiral of foreign interventionism and sectarian violence which underpins the regime as the “lesser evil” against Jihadism. This Conference aims to give voice to those in Syria who do not accept neither dictatorship nor confessionalism, those who believe that the principles of citizenship and self-determination, the respect of human rights –especially in the case of women and children–, political pluralism, and the social management of national resources, must be the foundations for the country's democratic reconstruction. 

Organizing committee : Santiago Alba, Luz Gómez García, Iñaki Gutiérrez de Terán, Loles Oliván Hijós, Naomí Ramírez, Itziar Ruiz Jiménez, Carlos Varea; by CIDOB: Anna Estrada, Eduard Soler; by  Ayuntamiento de Barcelona: Dirección de Justicia Global y Cooperación Internacional): David Llistar, Jordi Cortés, Gloria Meler, David Gervilla.

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Participants

SPEAKERS

Iyad al Abd Allah

Iyad al Abd Allah

Syrian Writer and Philosopher

Roshak Ahmad

Roshak Ahmad

Syrian-Kurdish Journalist and Documentalist

Santiago Alba Rico

Santiago Alba Rico

Philosopher and Writer

Laila Alodaat

Laila Alodaat

Human and Women’s Rights Activist; member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

Jaume Asens

Jaume Asens

Fourth Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

Aref Dalila

Aref Dalila

Economist and Former Member of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change

Luz Gómez García

Luz Gómez García

Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid

Iñaki Gutiérrez de Terán

Iñaki Gutiérrez de Terán

Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid

Yassin al Haj Saleh

Yassin al Haj Saleh

Syrian Writer

Karam Nachar

Karam Nachar

Executive Director, Al-Jumhuriya Collective

Loles Oliván Hijós

Loles Oliván Hijós

Arabist; Technical Secretary of CSCA and CELSI/CEOSI (1999-2004)

Antoni Segura i Mas

Antoni Segura i Mas

President, CIDOB

Leila Shami

Leila Shami

Founding Member, Tahrir-IC

Eduard Soler

Eduard Soler

Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Yassin Swehat

Yassin Swehat

Founding Member, Al-Jumhuriya Collective

Carlos Varea

Carlos Varea

Professor of Antropology, Autonomous University of Madrid; coordinator of CELSI/CEOSI (1991-2005)

Lurdes Vidal

Lurdes Vidal

Director, Arab Mediterranean World Department, IEMed

Syria: Neither Dictatorship nor Sectarian Divide PERFORMED ACTIVITY

16:00h Wednesday, 27th September- Plenary session. The solidarity commitment required by Syria

Loles Oliván Hijós, Arabist; Technical Secretary of CSCA and CELSI/CEOSI (1999-2004)

Antoni Segura, President, CIDOB

Jaume Asens, Fourth Deputy Mayor, Barcelona City Council

 

16:20h Session 1. The nature of the Asad regime: regional functionality and internal dynamics

Moderates:  Santiago Alba Rico, Philosopher and Writer

Yassin al Haj Saleh, Syrian Writer 

17:15h Session 2. The Syrian revolution in the context of the Arab Spring: revolutionary outbreak, local committees and social activism

Moderates: Lurdes Vidal, Director, Arab Mediterranean World Department, IEMed

Roshak Ahmad, Syrian-Kurdish Journalist and  Documentalist

Karam Nachar, Executive Director, Al-Jumhuriya Collective

18:10h Coffee break

18:25h Screening of the Documentary “Our Terrible Country”, directed by Mohammad Ali Atassi and Ziad Homsi (2014) - (original version with English subtitles)

Presents:Yassin Swehat, Founding Member, Al-Jumhuriya Collective 

09:00h Thursday, 28th. Session 3. Repression, militarization and internationalization of the Syrian conflict (2011-2017)

Moderates:  Carlos Varea, Professor of Antropology, Autonomous University of Madrid; coordinator of CELSI/CEOSI (1991-2005)

Aref Dalila, Economist and Former Member of the National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change

10:00h Session 4. A Gender perspective on the Syrian conflict and its humanitarian crisis

Moderates:   Representative, Barcelona City Council

Leila Shami, Founding Member, Tahrir-ICN

Laila Alodaat (video message), Human and Women’s Rights Activist; member of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

11:00h Coffee break

11:15h Session 5. War and negotiation processes: What is the alternative for Syria?

Moderates:  Iñaki Gutiérrez de Terán, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid

Yassin al Haj Saleh, Syrian Writer

Iyad al Abd Allah, Syrian Writer and Philosopher 

12:15h Sesión 6. Session 6. Conclusions. Syria: a future with neither dictatorship nor sectarian divide. Dialogue between speakers and audience

Moderates:  Luz Gómez García, Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Autonomous University of Madrid

13:45h Clausura

Eduard Soler, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB