Int’l Conference on Conflict Mitigation, Dialogue & Reconciliation in Syria (Lebanon)

Call for Papers and Participation

International Conference on Conflict Mitigation, Dialogue, and Reconciliation in Syria
17-18 November 2016, Beirut – Lebanon

The Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR) at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) are organizing a two-day peer-reviewed conference at the Lebanese American University – Beirut to address conflict mitigation, dialogue, and reconciliation strategies in Syria. The conference aims to map comparative models in identity-conflict societies with a particular attention given to  power sharing arrangements, local initiatives, and the role of non-state actors and religious leadership. Innovative approaches to conflict mitigation and peace-building through dialogue, deliberation, education, mediation, reparations, and transitional justice within the Syrian context are of primary interest.

We welcome papers that focus on the conceptual as well as comparative practical framework of successful reconciliation strategies applicable to Syria.  Papers and presentations that address the role of religious and local leaders, institutions, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) in promoting reconciliation are highly encouraged. Demonstration of reconciliation experiences from the region that showcase initiatives taken by local leaders, including tribal and civic in promoting reconciliation are also encouraged to participate.  Presentations will be recorded for social media broadcasting purposes. Selected papers and documented practices will be published in a special volume.

To participate
Please submit a short abstract  along your  institutional affiliation, short bio, and contact information to peer review committee: isjcr[at] by June 30 , 2016*.  Showcases and full paper submission deadline is September 15, 2016.  There are limited travel grants available by USIP and KAICIID, please express your interest  to receive travel fund when submitting your abstract. There are no conference registration fees.

*The Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution would like to bring to your attention that the deadline to submit paper abstract for the Syria Conference has been extended until July 30, 2016.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Thursday, 17 November 2016
1. Keynote Speaker by KAICIID
2. Session I: Challenges to conflict mitigation and reconciliation in divided Society and Syria
3. Session II: Role of religious leaders in reconciliation (Moderated by KAICID)
4. Lunch
5. Session III: Dialogue as a strategy in reconciliation (Moderated by KAICIID)
6. Policy Resolutions and Recommendations I

Friday, 18 November 2016
7. Keynote Speaker by USIP
8. Session IV: Comparative reconciliation strategies in divided society and Syria
9. Session V: Showcases of Local Reconciliation Initiatives (Moderated by USIP)
10. Lunch
11. Session VI: Peace Building through moderation and power sharing (Moderated by USIP)
12. Policy Resolutions and Recommendations II

For additional information, please contact:
Lebanese American University
Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution
P.O. Box 13-5053 Chouran
Beirut, Lebanon 2801
Phone Number: +961 1 786456; Ext: 1494
Fax number +961-1-867-098.
email: isjcr[at]

Or, you can directly email the institute director, Dr. Imad Salamey: imad.salamey[at] lb

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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