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The presentation will analyse the current situation in Syria (in 2023), 12 years after the beginning of the revolution and war. It will examine five major developments that have changed the dynamics of the conflict, its configuration, and the roles of many of its actors in recent years.

It will also explain how international responses to the challenges posed by the Syrian question have led to the emergence of new dynamics in international relations and consolidated an existing culture of impunity, the effects of which will be felt for years to come.


Ziad Majed holds a PhD in political science from Sciences Po Paris.

He is the Elliott Burdette Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Paris. He has published two books on political developments in Syria since 2011 (La révolution orpheline and Dans la tête de Bachar Al-Assad, with Subhi Hadidi and Farouk Mardam-Bey.

His work focuses on the Lebanese consociational system and its crises, on Syrian politics, and on political transitions. He is a regular contributor to the Journal of Palestine Studies and the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

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Council Room
Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS