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Thursday 07 December 2017 11:00 - 13:00
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The role of the EU in the Syrian conflict: in quest of relevance


The Europe and the World Theme presents the 2nd edition of the ACCESS Europe Practitioners Series on the EU and conflicts both in its territory but also its neighbourhood. Three lectures by renowned academics and experienced practitioners are lined up. 

As the war in Syria has entered into its 7th year, the EU has been left in a second-tier position in the ability to bring about a solution among other international actors, although it is the biggest contributor to the humanitarian bill of the war. The war has been one of the worst humanitarian crises the world has witnessed since World War II and the United Nations states that more than 7 million Syrians have been internally displaced, whereas around 5 million have sought to refuge abroad, escaping mainly to Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, or trying to reach Europe. The aim of this event is to discuss the genesis and the evolution of this war, the current situation in Syria and also its regional and international ramifications. The event will shed light on the EU’s quest of a political role, its role in supporting justice for Syrian victims, the emerging civil society and local governance structures, and its potential role in the recovery and reconstruction in Syria.  


Dr. Anis Nacrour, Former Head of the EU Delegation to Syria. 

Dr. Rim Tourkmani, Senior Research Fellow, Syria conflict research programme, LSE; President and Founder of Madani. 




UvA Roeterseiland Campus, Room REC C10.20