Building More Inclusive Political Transitions: A Review of the Syrian Case

Inclusive Security, International Civil Society Action Network, and Nonviolent Peaceforce   •   September 2013


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On July 18-19, 2013, Inclusive Security, International Civil Society Action Network, and Nonviolent Peaceforce co-hosted a discussion with representatives from diverse sectors. The objective was to outline concrete options for ensuring meaningful inclusion of Syrian civil society in negotiations to end the war. This report summarizes the key discussions of that meeting, including what makes inclusive peace processes more effective, how they have been implemented historically, and what criteria are appropriate for selecting participants. Three models for civil society inclusion—direct representation at the talks, high-level civil society initiatives, and an official consultative forum—are presented as viable possibilities for the Syrian peace and transition process.

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