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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.

The Aleppo Conflict Timeline

May 19, 2016

The Aleppo Project has recently introduced another valuable study for anyone who is interested in finding out about what has happened in and to Aleppo in recent years. The Aleppo Conflict Timeline begins in 2012 when the armed conflict in Syria reached Aleppo. It goes on to document the evolution of armed groups and government forces, and their military tactics and strategies. It also analyzes the Geneva Peace Process and its implications on the ground.

Holbrooke Fellow Moore Brings a Wealth of Experience to The Aleppo Project

May 5, 2016

This year Meghan Moore is serving as a Holbrooke Fellow and academic researcher with the School of Public Policy's Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery (CCNR). "It's an amazing opportunity to step back and look at conflict-related issues from a very different perspective," she explained.

The Aleppo Project Travels to Berlin

April 21, 2016

"My participation in this conference is a wonderful opportunity for me to meet other people who are involved in efforts to rebuild Aleppo," explained CCNR Fellow AlHakam Shaar. The conference, Rebuilding Aleppo: Past. Present.

A Great Idea is Not Enough

March 25, 2016

That was one of the "lessons learned" that Armenak Tokmajyan and AlHakam Shaar shared with 33 students attending the Bard/HESP Student Networking Conference in Budapest on March 20-26, 2016. The conference program was organized to provide students with the opportunity to learn some of the skills they will need to actively engage in community-based work.

Interactive Map Connects Past, Current, and Future Residents of Aleppo

March 24, 2016

The Aleppo Project has launched a new tool to encourage current and former residents "to help us preserve the past of Aleppo, document its present and start thinking about the future of a great city." The map, which was designed by the Center for Spatial Research at Columbia University, promises to be an invaluable resource. It is also another way for the people of Aleppo to connect with each other.

Rebuilding Aleppo

March 21, 2016

"I don't have any answers, but I do have a lot of questions," explained Lena Wimmer, architect and researcher. The questions relate to the rebuilding of Aleppo, a divided city that has suffered enormous destruction, especially since mid-2012. The damage has been especially great in the neighborhoods of the old city where intense fighting has taken place. As Wimmer noted, it is not just the buildings that have been destroyed. So too has a good deal of the trust and goodwill that once existed in Aleppo.

Cultural Heritage Students Take on the Challenge of Rebuilding the Aleppo Souk

March 21, 2016

One of the great things about Cultural Heritage Studies," explains first-year student Camilo Montoya, "is that its scope is so large you get to look at everything." That is exactly what Montoya is doing as he explores how best to rebuild the Aleppo Souk, Al-Madina. Although his background is in art history, Montoya has always been interested in contemporary issues.

Aleppo Project Teaches Real-World Skills to SPP Public Policy Students

March 21, 2016

"This course has been amazing. We are learning so much – about Aleppo, of course, but also about many other cities and reconstruction projects around the world," said Anne Hardt (Mundus MAPP '16). Robin Fraiture and Bouchra Bouchkouj, also first-year Mundus MAPP students, agree. They are three of the students enrolled in "The Aleppo Project" course at the School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University.

Tokmajyan Offers a Nuanced Analysis of Conflict Transformation in Syria

December 15, 2015

"What I'm interested in doing," explained Armenak Tokmajyan, "is to develop an analytical framework to enhance our ability to understand conflicts like the one in Syria." Tokmajyan, who is a research fellow at SPP's Center for Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery, explained the concept of conflict cycles. He described how conflicts go through phases: latent conflict, non-violent conflict, violent conflict, conflict mitigation, conflict settlement, peace agreement, peace, etc.