International Conference on Conflict Mitigation, Dialogue, and Reconciliation in Syria

Beirut campus

The Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution (ISJCR) at LAU in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) are organizing a two-day peer-reviewed conference to address conflict mitigation, dialogue, and reconciliation strategies in Syria. The conference aims to map comparative reconciliation models in identity-conflict societies with a particular attention given to  power sharing arrangements, local initiatives, and the role of non-state actors and religious leadership. Innovative approaches to conflict mitigation and peace-building through dialogue, deliberation, education, mediation, reparations, and transitional justice within the Syrian context are of primary interest. 

We welcome papers that focus on the conceptual as well as comparative practical framework of successful reconciliation strategies applicable to Syria. Papers and presentations that address the role of religious and local leaders, institutions, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) in promoting reconciliation are highly encouraged. Demonstration of reconciliation experiences from the region that showcase initiatives taken by local leaders, including tribal and civic in promoting reconciliation are also encouraged to participate.  Presentations will be recorded for social media broadcasting purposes. Selected papers and documented practices will be published in a special volume.  

In order to participate, please submit a short abstract along with your institutional affiliation, short bio, and contact information by sending them to There are limited travel grants available by USIP and KAICIID, please express your interest to receive travel fund when submitting your abstract. There are no conference registration fees.

For more information on the schedule of the conference, please click here.

For additional information, please contact the ISJCR at LAU:

Phone number +961 1 786456; Ext: 1494, fax number +961-1-867-098, or email

Or, you can directly email the institute’s director Imad Salamey: