Maybe We Can Reach A Solution: Syrian Perspectives on the Conflict and Local Initiatives for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation by the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.
The Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) is a Syrian-led, multilaterally supported nonprofit that envisions a Syria defined by justice, respect for human rights, and rule of law — where citizens from all components of Syrian society live in peace. SJAC promotes transitional justice and accountability processes in Syria by collecting and preserving documentation, analyzing and cataloging data, and promoting public discourse on transitional justice — within Syria and beyond. Learn more at www.syriaaccountability.org.
Charney Research is a survey research firm specializing in emerging markets and crisis countries. Founded in New York in 1997, the firm focuses on development, conflict, and marketing. Charney has worked with leading development, conflict resolution, and corporate clients, including USAID, the International Peace Institute, UNDP, the Council on Foreign Relations, Dalberg, and Fortune 500 firms. Charney has extensive experience in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia, and Latin America. Learn more at www.charneyresearch.com.
This report was written by Craig Charney and the discussion guide by Christine Quirk with extensive input from members of the SJAC team. The research project was managed by Shehzad Qazi. Research assistance was provided by Dustin Sodano, Elisabeth Jacquette, Erin Diggs, Evan Feldman, Julia Milan, Katherine Apple, Kelby Olson, Lauren Trigo, Linda Rigas, Max Currier, Stephen Chalifoux, Suzanne Toma, and Yoojin Jeong.
To better understand opinions and perceptions — and amplify Syrian voices — the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) commissioned Charney Research to conduct in-depth interviews among a diverse group of Syrians, including Sunnis, Shia, Alawites, and Christians; regime supporters and opponents; and internally displaced persons and refugees. Researchers found support among Syrians for a broad-based, internationally-negotiated settlement to the crisis that existed a year ago has diminished significantly. However, interest for inclusive, local-level negotiations designed to de-escalate the conflict and allow for humanitarian intervention is quite strong. Though Syrians are becoming more polarized as the conflict worsens, many still yearn to cease the fighting and live together again in peace as one nation. Charney concluded that efforts to encourage consideration of community-level efforts to advance the causes of peace, justice, and reconciliation may help bridge the enormous divide between government and opposition supporters — and towards resolution of the conflict.
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Charney, C. (2015). Maybe We Can Reach A Solution: Syrian Perspectives on the Conflict and Local Initiatives for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation. The Hague: Syria Justice and Accountability Centre.