Initiatives

SYRIA TRACK II DIALOGUE INITIATIVE

In order to put an end to the intractable Syrian conflict – a war that has caused more than half a million casualties, over five million refugees, and increasing threats to regional and global stability – we believe that Syrians of all creeds and backgrounds must be given the opportunity and neutral space to come together and decide the future of their country.

Accordingly, the Syria Track II Dialogue Initiative is a project aiming to promote dialogue and build consensus among key Syrian actors, helping them  put forward actionable proposals for a Syrian-led political process to end the conflict.

 

Launched in 2013 with the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center, the Initiative run by The Shaikh Group’s team has consulted with hundreds of influential Syrians from a range of political, military, civil society, and economic backgrounds through a series of workshops and smaller meetings that allow these parties to build relationships, establish mutual trust, and together elaborate elements of a political solution. 

In 2015, these meetings led to the drafting of a detailed position paper outlining key steps for a Syrian-led political process, with the input and buy-in of project participants. This position paper has since been used by Syrians involved in the Initiative as a tool for building consensus around agreed principles for a political transition that involves all Syrians.

TSG's multi-track approach now seeks to develop a broader and deeper Syrian consensus on issues such as institutional and security sector reform, transitional justice, and constitutional reform.

TSG has acted throughout as an impartial and confidential mediator, while engaging with international and regional policy-makers involved in the Syria crisis – including the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the mission of the UN Envoy to Syria – to promote the outcomes of the project.

We are grateful for the support the Syria Track II Dialogue Initiative has received from the governments of Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, as well as from the European Union.