10 April, 2019, Berlin. A delegation from the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) participated in a roundtable on ‘The Syria Conflict and its implications’, organised by the Turkish think tank SETA, and the Deutsche Orient-Stiftung (German Orient-Institute).
The round of talks focused on the conflict and its economic, political, and humanitarian implications in the region and internationally. The panelists included Hasan B. Yalçin, Director of Strategy and Geopolitics at SETA; Dr. Gunter Mulack, former Ambassador and Director of the German Orient-Institute; Dr. Christian Buck, Director for the Near and Middle East at the German Foreign Office; and Dr. Vladimir Akhmedov, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science and DOC expert. The panel was moderated by Ludwig Schulz, Head of the Turkey department of the German Orient-Institute.
The discussion addressed current aspects of the Syrian conflict, including: the impacts of foreign policy in the Middle East; the role and concerns of international and local actors; the significance of humanitarian and development policies; and addressing the lack of international and inter-societal cooperation in the rebuilding process.
In his speech, Dr. Akhmedov underlined that incongruent foreign and local military actions in Syria are indicative of the need to find a single direction, or vector, to ensure a sustainable political transition in the country. Experts expressed concerns that the myriad embedded and protracted political, economic, and humanitarian issues would make any reconstruction measures uncertain.
They all agreed though, that despite the conflicting interests, there is growing consent among the parties that a shared and balanced solution is needed. This includes consistent and authentic dialogue.
SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research is a Turkish non-profit research institute dedicated to innovative studies on national, regional, and international issues.
The Deutsche Orient-Institute was established in 1960 by the German Near and Middle East Association (Nah- und Mittelost-Verein e.V., NUMOV), with the objective of enhancing and promoting relations between Germany and the states and societies of the Near and Middle East in the academic, economic, cultural, and political spheres.
The speech of Dr. Vladimir Akhmedov can be downloaded here.
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