News and Events

On How the Aid Industry Failed Syrians

March 21, 2017

“It failed,” explained Marcell Shehwaro, “because it did not listen to Syrians. They [the aid industry] wanted to impose things on us.”

Drones Over Aleppo

February 22, 2017

Shattuck Center Fellow AlHakam Shaar and former SPP Assistant Professor Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick have written a fascinating article for Al Jazeera on how drone technology is being used in Syria. “Drones are not only powerful tools that enable citizens to challenge official news reports, they also provide a completely different perspective on what is happening in Syria,” said Shaar.

Aviation Engineers Call for Parachutes to be used for Aid, Not Bombs, in Aleppo

December 2, 2016

Aviation engineers Abdulrahman and Amr Shayah from Aleppo are calling for parachutes to be used to distribute aid rather than bombs to the city. "These engineers believe there's a safe way to deliver food and medical aid to the people of Aleppo, who have been suffering under a siege for over 100 days," said Shattuck Center Fellow AlHakam Shaar.

Football: A Syrian Elegy

October 25, 2016

Former Shattuck Center Fellow Armenak Tokmajyan has published the paper "Football: A Syrian Elegy" on The Aleppo Project website. Read a short passage from the paper below.

Armenak Tokmajyan Receives International Crisis Group’s Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention

October 12, 2016

Former Shattuck Center Fellow Armenak Tokmajyan has recently been awarded the Giustra Fellowship for Conflict Prevention at the International Crisis Group. Based in Istanbul, he will research issues related to Syria and expects to conduct fieldwork in places like eastern Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and European cities where there are large numbers of Syrian refugees.

Urbicide – or an Elegy for Aleppo

September 26, 2016

"It is time to define it [urbicide] more precisely as the deliberate destruction of urban life beyond anything that might be justified by military necessity as a way to erase identity and expel populations. It is also time to make it a crime," argue Robert Templer and AlHakam Shaar in a recent article about the urbicide taking place in Aleppo.

International Aid in Transitions: A Guide for Recipients

September 5, 2016

Aid recipients, particularly those working through complex political transitions, often struggle to understand the motives and methods of donors, ending up all too often submerged with well-intentioned help that causes more confusion than anything else, according to a new report released on September 5th that was authored by two experts linked to the School of Public Policy and researched by four students from the school.

Shattuck Center Named in Honor of Outgoing CEU President John Shattuck

August 31, 2016

CEU has named the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery in honor of outgoing CEU President and Rector John Shattuck. The center at the School of Public Policy was established by Shattuck in 2012, to "develop new approaches to conflict resolution and recovery, focusing on integrated responses that tackle issues where the current responses are inadequate."

Templer Speaks on Connections Between Syria and Norway

July 28, 2016

"[Professor] Robert Templer spoke about research the CCNR [Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery] are conducting now in Syria, and pointed to an interest in exploring the connections between Aleppo and Norway, 'of which there are a surprising number'. Templer pointed to the five-year drought that preceded the civil war, which Templer linked directly to the country's current conflict; Syria was the first country in the world to withdraw seeds from the Seed Bank, located on Svalbard and otherwise known as 'The Doomsday Vault'.

The dream of Inanna | a song for Aleppo

June 15, 2016

One of the greatest Goddesses of Mesopotamian mythology, Inanna's descent to the underworld, her death and miraculous revival with the help of the Gods, share commonalities with the ongoing tragedy in Aleppo and Syria. When passing the seven gates of the underworld, Inanna was stripped of her clothes, which symbolized her power. Similarly, Aleppo and Syria have been stripped of their economic, political and human power during the past five years.