In 2021, COAR undertook a series of studies which explored dynamics of concern to the stabilisation of northeast Syria on behalf of the European Union (EU). Covering matters of social cohesion, deradicalisation, camps, demining, and gender, these ‘Studies for Stabilisation’ provided strategic guidance for EU aid programming and informed the EU’s understanding of key stabilisation issues in the region. The subjects discussed by the series are of foundational importance to regional stabilisation. If a platform for more wide-ranging programming is to be established in the northeast, we must appreciate dynamics pertaining to these critical issues and the way they are currently interpreted by the aid response. The reports therefore make concrete recommendations as to how donors might reconsider conventional wisdom on the relevant issues and adapt existing approaches. As ever, we encourage engagement with the themes discussed and the ideas therein.
Abridged for public release, please note that the reports linked here represent only a portion of the research delivered by COAR throughout this project. We are nevertheless grateful that the EU has given us permission to share this research with a wider audience to showcase both the nature of our ongoing partnership and the operational utility of COAR’s work. Also note that, while the reports have just been released, all were produced in 2021 and are based on information available at the time of writing.