Effective participation and inclusion in the Syrian peace process

This research study explores ways to improve effective participation and inclusion in the Syrian peace process.

The study is part of the Building and Bonding project, which develops critical ideas, aspirations, and messages to support peace processes in Syria.

The project team completed a literature review on inclusion and multitrack diplomacy to situate the research in the broader context. A group of five researchers then contextualised the literature review in the Syria context and developed a qualitative research methodology based on semi-structured key informant interviews.

The research sample included a variety of experts such as journalists, academic researchers, peacebuilding and civil society activists.

The main research question was how to improve effective participation and inclusion in the Syrian peace process. This question created a framework for the paper, divided into sub-questions, including the current political process, different perceptions of the inclusive peace process, and the role of Syrians at home and in the diaspora.

The paper also contains a summary of key findings.