Syrian Opposition and Academics to Discuss Roadmap in Doha, Qatar

Thinktank to Hold Two-Day Conference on Syria Transition Roadmap

Washington, DC – On November 17 and 18, 2013 the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, in cooperation with the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS), will hold a conference on Syria Transition Roadmap in Doha, Qatar. Syria Transition Roadmap, a document released by the Syrian Expert House, a group of more than 300 Syrians, outlines the Syrian opposition’s vision of a post-Assad democratic Syria and covers the topics of constitutional reform, political and administrative reform, electoral reform, security sector reform, transitional justice and national reconciliation, and economic reform.


The conference, which will be open to the public and streamed live on Aljazeera, is set to feature the participation of a number of top researchers, academics, and members of the Syrian opposition, including National Coalition President Ahmed Jarba; Syrian National Council President George Sabra; Asaad Moustafa, former Minister of Agriculture; General Mohamed al-Haj Ali, a high-ranking defected general; Michel Kilo; Burhan Ghalioun; and others.


Conference participants will discuss Syria Transition Roadmap in detail during six two-hour panels throughout the two days, but also address the current positions of the international community, the Syrian government, and the Syrian opposition with regard to the Syria conflict and realistic scenarios for resolving the conflict either through negotiations in Geneva or by other means.


The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies is an independent research institute and think tank for the study of history and social sciences, with particular emphasis on the applied social sciences. Through its academic and research activities, the Center strives to foster communication between Arab intellectuals and build synergies between them and their societal and national concerns.