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Syria Conflict Resolution

After years of working with Syrians — including government, opposition, and civil society stakeholders — The Carter Center has developed a reputation as a trusted, objective broker. Since the onset of the uprising, the Center's Conflict Resolution Program has been developing alternative paths to a political solution.

The humanitarian, political, and socioeconomic repercussions of the Syrian war have been catastrophic. The overall death toll, though difficult to determine, is estimated at more than 500,000. As a result of the ongoing violence, more than half of Syria's population has been displaced. Although talks have shown little progress so far, the war will eventually end.

The Carter Center's work in Syria is designed to bring stakeholders together to develop visions for a political resolution to the conflict, and to channel their ideas to top-level mediation processes. The Center does this in coordination with the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Syria and other international stakeholders. Additionally, the Center continues to monitor, document, and analyze levels of violence throughout the country. These parallel dialogue and analysis efforts are detailed below.


Syria Transition Dialogue

Since July 2013, The Carter Center has held workshops and consultations with Syrians and international representatives in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East and has become intimately acquainted with stakeholders’ concerns regarding a transition to peace. The Center has established a unique and diverse network of Syrians across political divides, including lawyers, judges, senior political officials, paramilitary representatives, academics, activists, civil society members, and business people, as well as international experts.

Workshops and consultations organized by the Center seek to address key, contentious issues, bridge communication gaps between different components of Syrian society, and develop new, innovative ideas for conflict resolution. Issues addressed in workshops have included constitutional and governance options, administrative decentralization, majority/minority concerns, the role of religion in Syria, gender issues, property rights, social reconstruction, and more. Following each workshop, the Center shares lessons learned and ideas generated with participants, with the U.N. mediation team and other international stakeholders, and often with the general public.

The main findings of the Center’s series of workshops on constitutional options and governance can be found below:

June 30, 2016 | Syria's Transition Governance and Constitutional Options (عربي)

July 1, 2015 | Options for a Political Transition in Syria (PDF) (عربي)


Syria Conflict Mapping

Since 2012, The Carter Center has endeavored to analyze open-source information (such as social media posts and YouTube videos) related to the Syrian conflict in as much detail as possible, with the goal of assisting mediators and conflict responders. Using these publicly available resources, as well as information gleaned from regular consultations with stakeholders, the Center has documented and mapped over 100,000 conflict events in Syria (including clashes, aerial bombardments, artillery shelling, etc.), the changing relations between thousands of armed groups, and front-line changes.

This information allows The Carter Center to provide mediators and conflict responders with up-to-date, detailed analysis of developments throughout Syria. Additionally, the Center maintains updated maps of areas of control throughout Syria, publishes regular conflict updates, and releases periodic in-depth reports on noteworthy conflict developments. All of this information is analyzed and shared directly with mediators and humanitarian organizations through a software tool provided by Palantir Technologies.

To request access to data on areas of control, or general information, please email: syriamapping@cartercenter.org.

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+Syria Conflict Mapping Project Reports

June 1 – July 10, 2018 | Syria Conflict Update

April 25-May 30, 2018 | Syria Conflict Update

April 19-25, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 12-18, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 29-April 4, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 22-28, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 15-21, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 1-7, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 22-28, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 15-21, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 8-14, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 1 -7, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Jan. 25-31, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Jan. 18-24, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Jan. 11-17, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Dec. 21, 2017-Jan. 10, 2018 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Dec. 14-20, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Dec. 7-13, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 23-29, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 16-22, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 9-15, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 14, 2017 | Status Report on Yarmouk Camp

Nov. 2-8, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 7, 2017 | Relations between Hai’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Nour al-Din al-Zinki in 2017

Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 19-25, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 12-18, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 5-11, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 21-27, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 14-20, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 7-13, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 1, 2017 | Nationwide Conflict Update

July 20-26, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

July 13-19, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

July 6-12, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 29-July 5, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 22-28, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 15-21, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 8-14, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 1-7, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 25-31, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 18-24, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 11-17, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 5-10, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 27-May 3, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 20-26, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 13-19, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 6-12, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 30-April 5, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 23-29, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 15-22, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 9-15, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

March 2-8, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 27, 2017 | Foreign Volunteers for the Syrian Kurdish Forces

Feb. 23-March 1, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 16-22, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 9-15, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Feb. 2-8, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Jan. 19-25, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Dec. 29, 2016-Jan. 4, 2017 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Dec. 8-14, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Dec. 1-7, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 30, 2016 | Syria: Aleppo and Beyond

Nov. 10-16, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Nov. 3-9, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 20-26, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 13-19, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Oct. 6-12, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 29-Oct. 5, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 28, 2016 | Grad Missile Sightings

Sept. 22-28, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 15-21, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 8-14, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Sept. 1-7, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Aug. 25-31, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Aug. 18-24, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Aug. 11-17, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

Aug. 4-10, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

July 28-Aug. 3, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

July 21-27, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

July 14-21, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

July 7-13, 2016& | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 30-July 6, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 23-29, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 16-22, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 9-15, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

June 2-8, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 26-June 1, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 19-25, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 12-18, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

May 5-11, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 28-May 4, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 20-27, 2016 | Weekly Conflict Summary

April 21, 2016 | The Cessation of Hostilities

Jan. 29, 2016 | Russian Airstrikes Update

Oct. 30, 2015 | Syria Conflict Update

Oct. 9, 2015 | Syria Frontlines Update

Oct. 8, 2015 | Russia's Intervention (عربي)

July 10, 2015| Southern Syria Conflict Update

May 15, 2015 | The Islamic State in Southern Syria

Feb. 28, 2015 | Syria Countrywide Conflict Report #5

Nov. 7, 2014 | Aleppo Status of Forces Update

Oct. 20, 2014 | International Coalition Airstrikes Against the Islamic State in Syria

Sept. 11, 2014 | Syria Countrywide Conflict Report #4

April 1, 2014 | Opposition Coastal Offensive Conflict Report

March 14, 2014 | Syria Countrywide Conflict Report #3

Nov. 20, 2013 | Syria Countrywide Conflict Report #2

Nov. 5, 2013 | Pro-Government Paramilitary Forces

Aug. 20, 2013 | Syria Countrywide Conflict Report #1

June 7, 2013 | Regional Conflict Report #2: Damascus

April 25, 2013 | Regional Conflict Report #1: Aleppo

Feb. 18, 2013 | Regional Conflict Report: Ras al-Ain

Carter Center Syria Op-Eds and Articles

Since the onset of the uprising in March 2011, and the subsequent devolution into a catastrophic conflict, the Center has expanded its efforts to support a political solution in Syria.

+Read the Op-Eds, Articles

The following Op-Eds and articles highlight the Center's work in Syria:

Sept. 20, 2016
Jimmy Carter: A First Step for Syria? Stop the Killing (بالعربية)
Published by The New York Times

April 25, 2016
The Prospects for Peace or War in Syria
Conflict Resolution Program Director Hrair Balian, speech at the World Affairs Council.

Oct. 30, 2015
Toward a Five-Nation Peace Plan for Syria: Q&A with Hrair Balian
Published by the International Peace Institute.

Oct. 23, 2015
Jimmy Carter: A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis
Jimmy Carter op-ed, published by The New York Times.

Aug. 28, 2015
Why 'No-fly Zones' or 'IS-free Zones' Are Not a Solution in Syria 
Hrair Balian op-ed, published by the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center and OpenDemocracy.

March 14, 2015
Syria's Civil War Sees No End in Sight
Hrair Balian op-ed, published by Al Jazeera America.

April 15, 2014
How Researchers Use Social Media To Map The Conflict In Syria
Published by Forbes.

Feb. 11, 2014
Syria's Refugees: Regional Implications of the Conflict
Transcript: Q&A. Participant: Hrair Balian, Director, Conflict Resolution Program, The Carter Center.

Dec. 22, 2013
Time to be Bold and Make Peace in Syria
Jimmy Carter and Robert Pastor op-ed, published by The Washington Post.

Sept. 11, 2013
Jimmy Carter: The World Now Has a Chance to End War in Syria 
Jimmy Carter op-ed, published by The Washington Post.

Aug. 30, 2013
Statement From The Carter Center on the Syria Crisis
Published by Politico, Global News, and Daily Caller.

July 12, 2013
Carter Center Staff to Travel to Syria for Discussion on Political Transition

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