Where next for Syria?

Discussion of recent developments in Syria and the implications for European policy toward the ongoing crisis. 


Robert Rohde, Ambassador for the Negotiations on Syria and Head of Division for Syria, Iraq, Lebanon & Anti ISIS Strategy, German Federal Foreign Office

Dr. Naseef Naeem, Attorney and MENA Expert  

Jasmine El-Gamal, Visiting Fellow, ECFR 

Chaired by

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Director of ECFR’s MENA programme. 

Where next for Syria? 

May 14, 12:30 – 13:30 at the ECFR Berlin Office – Entrance: Rosmarinstraße 1, 10117 Berlin 

More than eight years after the eruption of popular protests against Bashar al-Assad and the subsequent civil war, the government is now consolidating its position over much of Syria. This discussion will consider what recent developments mean for Syrians, both within the country and abroad, and implications for European policy toward the ongoing crisis. Is there still space for a political process led by the new UN special envoy Geir O. Pedersen, is intra-Syrian reconciliation possible and what do recent internal pressures related to the deepening fuel crisis mean for the government’s hold on power, wider Syrian society and the plight of refugees?

If you want to attend, please send an e-mail to [email protected] by 10 May. 

The debate will be held in English and starts with an informal lunch.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.