The architecture of “post-conflict” Syria is intrinsically linked to war dynamics, making it far from a tabula rasa but replete with a range of competing forms of authority. This project investigates the changing nature of the Syrian state and its interactions with non-state actors such as militia leaders, economic elites, tribal leaders, international organisations and investors. It focuses on three topics: local security providers and governance; legal identity; housing, land and property rights.
Fritz Thyssen Foundation, 2020-2022
Overt violence in Syria is slowly grinding to a formidable end. However, this new “post-war” phase in the Syrian conflict now offers an opportunity to reflect on preceding events and translate relatively new ways of conceptualising the state to the specific case study of Syria. In doing so, broad findings from the project can potentially be applied to other post-conflict environments in the Middle East and beyond that will help academics, policy makers and practitioners better understand who are power-brokers, the ramifications of external engagement with authoritarian regimes and better think through relationships between different state and non-state actors, society and economic mechanisms.