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In Syria, CRDC has a decade long history of engagement and remains locally operational through a network of experts, alumni, and trainees who are well prepared to carefully increase support for targets of opportunity in non-violent civilian intervention.
This past summer CRDC successfully reached 400 Syrian children through Camp Amal Ou-Salam. The camp for children included sports, arts and crafts, recreational activities, as well as peace and trust building activities. CRDC is working to expand Project Abu Al-Salam to reach hundreds of more children in 2014.
Mission: Project Amal ou-Salam seeks to actively contribute to a nonviolent transition in Syria through transformative educational and social programming for refugee and internally displaced Syrian children. The programming is tailored for children ages 6 through 15 who have experienced trauma from the war in Syria.
Civil society and Negotiations Training
Hind Kabawat and other CRDC staff continue to travel extensively to Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, London and Cairo, training Syrian non-violent activists in civil society building and conflict resolution activities, currently implementing the program “Transition to United Syrian Civil Society.”
March 2013 CRDC class in Turkey, Studying the revolution in Syria (Istanbul, Ankara, Gaziantep, and Rehaniya)
In March of 2013, CRDC offered a course on the Syrian revolution to Bachelor, MS, and Phd students entitled “Approaches to Conflict Management and Resolution in Syrian Revolution.” Topics included the evaluation of the pre-war and mid-war Syria, the failure of the non-violent stage of the revolution, history of nonviolence and social movements, the role of outside actors and geopolitcs, as well as nonviolence theory, practice, and conflict analysis and resolution theory. Students engaged with Syrian activists, Turkish officials and policy makers and other actors in Turkey. Check back for updates about a similar class in spring 2014.
Interfaith Collaboration for Social Change in Syria In the Midst of War Conference
In collaboration with USIP, CRDC organized a conference in the summer of 2012 for thirty participants from different backgrounds around the world currently engaged in the Syrian conflict. Participants included nonviolent activists, a diverse array of religious leaders and stakeholders dedicated to a peaceful transformation of the conflict.
Syrian-American Program in Citizen Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Hind Kabawat and CRDC Director Marc Gopin founded an institute for training Syrians in conflict resolution in Damascus and in the following decade certified 100 students in conflict resolution and diplomacy at the Damascus branch, providing an extensive network of peace-building professionals for future programs in Syria and its Diaspora.
Citizen Diplomacy as Conflict Resolution GMU/CRDC Syria Class
In March of 2009 and 2011, CRDC Director Marc Gopin, led courses of graduate students on trips to Syria where they were joined by Syrian conflict resolution students from the Syrian International Academy. The course espoused the concept that an average citizen can engage diplomatically as a representative of a country or point of view. Alumnae have developed an intensive and extraordinary working social network of partnerships dedicated to small projects creation and mutual aid in the development of a social network for peace-building and other joint projects of positive social change.
Meet the Team:
- Read Nousha Kabawat’s blog about Project Amal ou-Salaam: http://diaryofasyrian.wordpress.com/
- Read Hind Kabawat’s article on her 2013 trip to the liberated part of Syria “A Place Where All Syrians Get Along.”
- Read a letter from Sheikh Ahmad Mouaz Al-Khatib Al-Hasani, the resident of the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution that mentions CRDC’s Hind Aboud Kabawat.