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The Syrian Uprising: Domestic Origins and Early Trajectory

The Syrian Uprising
Ferdinand Arslanian (University of St Andrews), Billie Jeanne Brownlee (University of Exeter), Raymond Hinnebusch (University of St Andrews), Omar Imady (University of St Andrews), Maria Kastrinou (political anthropologist)

Date: 1 May 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 1 May 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Panel Discussion to mark the publication of The Syrian Uprising: Domestic Origins and Early Trajectory (Routledge, 2018) with the editors Raymond Hinnebusch and Omar Imady, and contributors. The Syrian Uprising presents a snapshot of how the Uprising developed in roughly the first two to three years (2011–2013) and addresses key questions regarding the domestic origins of the Uprising and its early trajectory. Firstly, what were the causes of the conflict, both in terms of structure (contradictions and crisis within the pre-Uprising order) and agency (choices of the actors)? Why did the Uprising not lead to democratization and instead descend into violent civil war with a sectarian dimension?

Ferdinand Arslanian is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Centre for Syrian Studies and recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Global Excellence Scholarship. His thesis is related to explaining Syria’s coping with economic sanctions. He holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Kent at Canterbury and has previous professional experience in Syria as a public policy advisor with the German International Cooperation (GIZ). He has the following publications: ‘Growth in Transition and Syria’s Economic Performance’ (Syria Studies, 2009), ‘The Civil War in Syria: The International Dimension’ (Global Policy, 2015) and the book review ‘Mohammed Imady, The Evolving Concepts of Development in Syria’ (Syria Studies, 2015).

Billie Jeanne Brownlee is a lecturer in Middle East Politics at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. She has worked extensively on social mobilisation and the role of new media during the Arab uprising, with a specific focus on Syria. In 2016 she was awarded the Global Challenges ESRC Fund to conduct a research on refugee crisis responses and the role of municipalities in the context of Lebanon.

Raymond Hinnebusch is Professor of International Relations and Middle East politics and Director of the Centre for Syrian Studies at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Syria, including Syria: Revolution from Above (2001) and (with Tina Zintl), Syria: from reform to revolt (2014).

Omar Imady is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews, and the Managing Editor of the Centre's peer reviewed journal, Syria Studies. Imady holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and his research focuses on organizational aspects of popular movements in Syria, particularly those with a Sufi orientation. He also contributes regularly to the Centre's blog: Inspired by Syria.

Maria Kastrinou is a political anthropologist with extensive fieldwork experience in South-Eastern Mediterranean, specifically in Syria, Greece, Lebanon and in the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights. Her research critically interrogates the politics of religion, sect, state and statelessness, the political and cultural lives of refugees, and the political economy of conflict and resistance. She is author of Power, sect and state in Syria: The politics of marriage and identity amongst the Druze (IB Tauris, 2016).

Chair: Reem Abou-El-Fadl (SOAS)

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