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The Syrian Community in Turkey: Perspectives, Prospects, and Policies

Authored by Fulya Memişoğlu, this report, entitled “The Syrian Community in Turkey: Perspectives, Prospects, and Policies”, centers on the environment accommodating the Syrian community in Turkey by understanding and analyzing the policies made to regulate the influx of Syrians feeing from the civil war and to facilitate their social integration into society.

To examine how the policies targeting Syrians have tended to address the process of integration on legal, economic, and social levels, a fieldwork study was conducted from September 2017 to December 2017 with Syrians in the cities of Gaziantep and Istanbul.

Throughout the fieldwork, in-depth interviews were conducted with Syrians from diverse professional backgrounds including educators, journalists, legal experts, civil society representatives, business owners, physicians, and students. Additionally, two workshops—the first in Gaziantep and the second in Istanbul—were organized with Syrians in October 2017 and December 2017, respectively.

The report aims to contribute to the policy-making process pertinent to migration management and social integration of the Syrian community with actionable policy recommendations.

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Qatar and Syria Crisis

Authored by Aybars Görgülü, the report “Qatar and Syria Crisis ” is part of a research study conducted by PODEM on the Syrian conflict. The research study entitled “Future of Syria: Actor Analysis” aims to map out the main actors involved in the conflict and provide multi-layered analyses of their strategies and expectations

This particular report present an insight into Qatar’s position to the Syrian civil war and its related policies since the onset of the Arab uprisings. It further sheds light into how Qatar’s political position in the region has been shaped with recent developments, and its relations with other actors in the Gulf.

The in-depth interviews for this report took place in April 2017 in Doha, Qatar. The interviews  were done with experts from research centers as well as important political figures from the Syrian opposition.

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Regional Order from the Outside In: External Intervention, Regional Actors, Conflicts and Agenda in the MENA Region

 Contributed by Sabiha Senyücel Gündoğar and Gülşah Dark, this paper was published within the MENARA Project

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been beset by a series of external interventions, regional crises and local conflicts – most recently precipitated by the Arab uprisings – that have led to major uncertainties and changes in the existing order.

The aim of this paper – which was published within the MENARA project – is to provide a general framework within which to understand and contextualize the transformations in regional dynamics, particularly since the uprisings. It is divided into four parts, focusing on the major regional actors (state and non-state); regional conflicts (Arab–Israeli, Syrian, Moroccan–Algerian and Sahel); themes (i.e. refugees and illegal trafficking); and key regional cooperation platforms (i.e. the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab Maghreb Union and the African Union).

By introducing the basic background literature, approaches and research questions, this paper, in turn, paves the way for more in-depth and focused research papers within the MENARA project.

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Europe and the Syrian Conflict: Policies and Perceptions

Authored by Ayşe Üstünel Yırcalı, the report “Europe and the Syrian Conflict: Perceptions and Policies” is part of an extensive research study conducted by PODEM on the Syrian conflict. The research study entitled “Future of Syria: Actor Analysis” aims to map out the main actors involved in the conflict and provide multi-layered analyses of their strategies and expectations.

This particular report focuses on the European actors and ruminates on their positions regarding the Syrian conflict, as well as their views on other actors involved. It also sheds light on the future role of the European actors and institutions in facilitating a resolution in Syria.

The interviews for this report took place between February and June 2017, in Berlin, Brussels, London and Paris, consecutively, and various others in Istanbul. The interviews in each country were held with members and analysts of state institutions, experts from civil society organizations and independent professionals with experience on Syria. Meetings were also held with Syrian residents (in these countries) active in politics and civil society work.

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