Column on reconstruction in Assad’s Syria
MECACS Research Associate Tina Zintl recently published a column on difficulties with future reconstruction in Syria due to changes in the original Syrian social contract after the eruption of the civil war in 2015. This column was first published with the German Development Institute and was co-written with human geographer Yannick Sudermann. The authors posit that Assad’s implementation of an ‘elite’ social contract excluding large parts of the population impedes reconstruction efforts. Removing state protection for housing, land and property places international donors in a difficult position. Yet the authors argue that it is still highly important donors continue their efforts, both in co-ordination with each other and with knowledge of local power relations in Syria.