The long road to peace: Why engaging the diaspora is essential to peacebuilding in Syria
|Title||The long road to peace: Why engaging the diaspora is essential to peacebuilding in Syria|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Peace Focus|
International Alert’s new Peace Focus paper, The long road to peace: Why engaging the diaspora is essential to peacebuilding in Syria, describes the Syrian diaspora in the UK and explores the potential for Syrians living in the UK to contribute to building peace in Syria.
Peacebuilding doesn’t just begin when a conflict ends. It is important to build a safer and more peaceful future for the people of Syria even in the midst of an increasingly complex conflict and emergency.
International Alert's research finds that there are significant advantages to working with the diaspora for peace and development in Syria:
Yet, the paper also warns that it is important to be aware of the limitations of such engagement:
A key recommendation from the paper is that the diaspora can strengthen its own impact and engagement with policy-makers and the wider development and peacebuilding sector by building its own platform from which to engage. Alert is currently supporting the development of such a network for UK-based Syrian organisations and individuals, the Syrian Platform for Peace.