The Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR) and Jadaliyya cordially invite you to participate in the launch of the socioeconomic impact report of the conflict in Syria in 2020.
Justice to Transcend Conflict is part of a series of reports that provide multidimensional analyses of impact of the armed conflict in Syria between 2011 and 2019, examining the country's socio-economic situation and institutional performance. This report diagnoses the conflict based on a Human Status Framework that assesses the interlinkages between institutional, social, and economic factors on macro, meso, and local levels. The report also frames the conflict through a social justice lens and provides alternatives based on expert-developed participatory approaches.
The authors will present the main findings of the report and then an open discussion will follow, where the participants will be able to ask questions and share comments. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Bassam Haddad.
Date and time
June 1st, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
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Ramia Ismail is an economist and researcher at the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). Her areas of research include economic policies and development issues in Syria. Ismail worked for the Ministry of Finance in Syria as a coordinator of the Value-added Tax Project between 2004-2005. From 2009-2011 she worked as a macroeconomic expert for the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ). Ismail is involved in several UN and international organization projects, including UNICEF. She holds a MSc in Economics of the Middle East from Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany, a MSc in Economic Policy for Developing and Transitional Economies from University of Bradford, UK, and a Diploma in Population and Development from Damascus University.
Omar Dahi is an associate professor of economics at Hampshire College and Visiting Fellow at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Masschusetts Amherst. Dahi specializes in economic development and international trade with a special focus on South-South trade. Among his publications is a co-authored book with Firat Demir South-South Trade and Finance in the Twenty-First Century and a number of articles in peer reviewed journals. Dahi is a co-founder of the Beirut School for Critical Security Studies. He is also an editor at the e-zine Jadaliyya and a researcher at the Arab Studies Institute. Previously he was one of the lead experts of the National Agenda for the Future of Syria.
Rabie Nasser is an economist, researcher and co-founder of the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR). His areas of expertise and research include macroeconomic policies, inclusive growth, poverty, and conflict socioeconomic impact assessment. He holds a MSc in Economics from Leicester University, UK. Before joining the SCPR, Nasser worked for the State Planning Commission as chief economist and director general of the Macroeconomic Management Directorate between 2004-2005. He later worked as an economic researcher for the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait. Since 2008, he leads several United Nations research projects.
Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2011) and co-editor of the forthcoming book, A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021). Bassam serves as Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal and the Knowledge Production Project. He is co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary film, About Baghdad, and director of the series Arabs and Terrorism. Bassam is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine and Executive Director of the Arab Studies Institute. He serves on the Board of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences and is Executive Producer of Status Audio Magazine. Bassam is Co-Project Manager for the Salon Syria Project and Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI). He received MESA's Jere L. Bacharach Service Award in 2017 for his service to the profession. Currently, Bassam is working on his second Syria book titled Understanding The Syrian Tragedy: Regime, Opposition, Outsiders (forthcoming, Stanford University Press).