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“Maybe We Can Reach a Solution” - Syrian Perspectives on the Conflict and Local Initiatives for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Capacity development, Community-led, Conflict, violence & peace, Local capacity, Peacebuilding
Agency:Syria Justice and Accountability Centre
Author(s):Charney, C.
Date published:January 2015

To better understand opinions and perceptions — and amplify Syrian voices — the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) commissioned Charney Research to conduct in-depth interviews among a diverse group of Syrians, including Sunnis, Shia, Alawites, and Christians; regime sup- porters and opponents; and internally displaced persons and refugees. Researchers found support among Syrians for a broad-based, internationally-negotiated settlement to the crisis that existed a year ago has diminished significantly. However, interest for inclusive, local-level negotiations designed to de-escalate the conflict and allow for humanitarian intervention is quite strong. Though Syrians are becoming more polarised as the conflict worsens, many still yearn to cease the fighting and live together again in peace as one nation. Charney concluded that efforts to encourage consideration of community-level efforts to advance the causes of peace, justice, and reconciliation may help bridge the enormous divide between government and opposition supporters — and towards resolution of the conflict.

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