Against a backdrop of violence, food scarcity, and high unemployment, the war has created an economic crisis and humanitarian disaster. The UNHCR estimates that over 4 million people have fled Syria since 2011 and more than 6 million are internally displaced. The formal economy has collapsed, and new economic linkages are exploiting every level of society.
Will Todman will discuss the dynamics of the Syrian war economy, and his analysis on the complex networks of profiteering and besieged territories controlled by thugs and criminals that have emerged over the last six years.
Will Todman is an associate fellow in the CSIS Middle East Program. His research interests include conflict, displacement, and humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East. His research, analysis, and translations have been published by the Middle East Institute, Mercy Corps, the Middle East Research and Information Project, and the Brookings Institution, and he has commented in print and on television. He previously lived in Beirut, where he worked for the British embassy and the office of the UN special envoy to Syria. Will holds a B.A. in Arabic and modern Hebrew from Oxford University and an M.A. in Arab studies with a certificate in refugee and humanitarian emergencies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He joined CSIS in June 2016 as a visiting research associate in the Middle East Program.
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