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The conflict in Syria has disproportionally affected women and marginalized groups, while their role in conflict resolution has been sidelined. Although Syria is of the utmost importance to the EU, its current approach does not offer ways out of the political impasse. The policy analysis applies feminist foreign policy as an analytical framework which takes the realities of peace and conflict into account, and places gender equality, women’s and human rights at the heart.
National interests dominate the discourse and marginalize the aspirations of Syrians and Syrian civil society. These power dynamics and imbalances culminate in the lack of inclusion and equal participation of Syrians, particularly Syrian women, in political transition processes. Nora-Elise Beck and Barbara Mittelhammer show that feminist foreign policy offers new ways of thinking and acting to achieve a more inclusive, equal, and comprehensive EU foreign policy approach for Syria.
This security needs assessment aims to contribute to open access information on good governance and security sector reform in Syria. It was specifically designed to understand citizens’ needs and identify entry points for citizen-oriented security sector reform efforts. It analyses how the Syrian security system would need to change in order for Syrians to feel safe and secure in post-war Syria.
The survey’s online questionnaire consists of 63 questions in Modern Standard Arabic. Between March and August 2018, 619 Syrians living in Germany completed the questionnaire. They came from all 14 Syrian governorates. On average, participants were 29 years old (born in 1989).
Nora-Elise Beck and Lars Döbert designed and implemented this comprehensive security needs assessment. The survey results are presented in a series of nine thematic working papers. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung financed and supported the publication of results.