As the Syrian crisis enters its eighth year, the prospects for a peaceful resolution remain very slim. While violence metastasized over the course of the crisis the entanglements of the many subjugating actors deepened, expanded, and consolidated in ways that have made peace, let alone a political transition, elusive. Despite Syria’s many overlapping conflicts, the crisis is moving towards what can best be described as an authoritarian peace. This presentation traces the emergence of the authoritarian peace in Syria through a discussion of the nature of warfare and violence and the forms of peace that have subsequently emerged. In contrast to liberal assumptions about peace, the authoritarian peace rejects inclusion, democratic practices, and the elimination of violence in favor of a post-conflict order in which violence and exclusion govern politics. Thus, perpetual violence emerges as a central tenet of the authoritarian peace and is underpinned by regional states’ willingness to enact and sanction violence against recalcitrant populations. This violence, post-conflict order is shaping the forms of peace that are currently emerging in Syria.
The CCAS is excited to invite you to a lecture by Dr. Samer Abboud, Associate Professor at Arcadia University’s Department of International Studies. Professor Abboud has published widely on the Syrian Crisis and focuses on capital flight in Syria and the Syrian war economy. His 2015 book Syria, unravels the complex and multi-layered causes of the current political and military stalemate – from rebel fragmentation to the differing roles of international actors, and the rise of competing centers of power throughout the country.
The lecture is free and open to the public, but kindly RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2D5ZQP1
This lecture at Georgetown University is made possible in part by a Department of Education Title VI grant to support Georgetown University’s National Resource Center – Middle East & North Africa.
**The CCAS Boardroom is wheelchair accessible. For all other accommodations, please send an email to Azza Altiraifi at email@example.com.**