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USIP – Raqqa After the Islamic State: Governance Challenges in Post-ISIS Syria

November 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

With the self-proclaimed Islamic State’s hold on Syrian territory vastly diminished, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) enters a new phase. The fall of Raqqa—the capital of ISIS’ self-proclaimed caliphate—marked a powerful strategic and symbolic loss for the extremist group. Yet the success of the counter-ISIS campaign will ultimately be determined not by battlefield wins, but instead by what follows. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace to discuss the complex governance challenges in Raqqa and how the United States and the international community can constructively address them.
A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter walks through the destroyed streets of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group, Oct. 12, 2017. Though pockets of scattered resistance remained, the American-backed SDF, a militia made up of Syrian Kurds and Arabs, declared on Oct. 17 that Raqqa had been liberated. (Ivor Prickett/The New York Times)
A Syrian Democratic Forces fighter walks through the destroyed streets of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State group, Oct. 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Ivor Prickett/The New York Times.
In a recent USIP Special Report, Mona Yacoubian, senior advisor for Syria, the Middle East and North Africa at the Institute, examines the critical governance challenges in Raqqa after the Islamic State. Her report highlights the ethnic, tribal, and strategic complexities that will affect this new phase. To sustain security in the territories freed from ISIS, a broad approach to stabilization will be vital. That approach will have to ensure effective and inclusive governance that is responsive to the needs of the local population.Join the conversation on Twitter with #RaqqaUSIP.

Speakers

Sarhang HamasaeedModerator
Director, Middle East Programs, U.S. Institute of Peace

Hassan Hassan
Senior Fellow, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Nicholas A. Heras
Middle East Security Fellow, Center for a New American Security

Mona Yacoubian
Senior Advisor, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

Organizer

U.S. Institute of Peace

Venue

U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037 United States
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