Informal policy dialogue
International responses to the Syrian crisis have focused on supporting political processes, led by the UN and the EU, which focus on the growing security threats to the region and on the humanitarian crisis. What is often overlooked is the empowerment of Syrian society to build their own inclusive, peaceful vision for Syria. Independent voices use different art forms to challenge the binary wartime narratives, and to shed light on those most excluded.
What role can civil society play in developing a shared vision for Syria’s future? How can we improve the involvement of Syrian civil society in the discussion at EU level? What contribution can the arts make as part of community resilience and reconciliation? How can policy makers strengthen the role of culture in their programming to contribute to the peacebuilding process in Syria and elsewhere?
This Policy Dialogue will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices among EU policy-makers, civil society and experts engaged in peacebuilding, culture and long-term policymaking. Following short presentations by practitioners from Europe and Syria, the discussion will explore the challenges facing policymakers and the role that cultural actors and cultural practice can play in supporting the international and EU response to conflict.