Syrian Perspectives on Local Ceasefires and Reconciliation Initiatives

This event is taking place at Johns Hopkins University – SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Rome Building Auditorium
Washington, DC 20036

For those of you unable to attend the event in-person, you may watch a live stream of the panel discussion.


In the year since the Geneva II talks failed to deliver discernible progress towards a resolution of the conflict, the humanitarian and security situation in Syria has further deteriorated. With a recalcitrant regime, growing extremism, and a faltering moderate opposition, support among Syrians for a broad-based, internationally negotiated settlement has diminished. Increasingly, Syrians only envision the conflict ending once their own side prevails. However, if there are any openings for negotiations, all Syrians tend to favor locally-based initiatives that could eventually lead to a Syrian-led national resolution.

Maybe We Can Reach a Solution: Syrian Perspectives on the Conflict and Local Initiatives for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation marks the second phase of a comprehensive research initiative launched by the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) — designed to illuminate and amplify Syrian voices regarding transitional justice processes. This event, hosted by SJAC in collaboration with the Conflict Management Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will explore the opinions of ordinary Syrians regarding locally-brokered ceasefire and reconciliation efforts, as well as an in-depth analysis of Syrian perspectives on conflict resolution initiatives since the collapse of Geneva II.

A panel conversation moderated by Ellen Laipson (President and CEO, the Stimson Center), speakers Daniel Serwer (Senior Professor of Conflict Management, SAIS), Joseph Bahout (Visiting Scholar, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), Mohammad Al Abdallah (Executive Director, SJAC), and Craig Charney (President, Charney Research) will discuss the implications of Maybe We Can Reach a Solution for initiatives such as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura’s Aleppo ceasefire proposal and how SJAC’s report may illuminate a way forward as the Syrian conflict enters its fifth year.