Post-conflict reconstruction is an extremely complex and multi-layered process. It entails political stabilisation, economic recovery and social reconciliation in addition to the rebuilding of state institutions and the rehabilitation of the military.
Reconstruction can, however, be an opportunity to create a better and more stable future rather than just building back or reproducing the pre-war economic, socio-political and institutional conditions, which often are key contributing causes of the conflict.
The topic of reconstruction in Syria has been making headlines in national and international media ever since Assad managed to regain more than half of Syrian territories and put an end of the military conflict on a large number of fronts. However, it is not only the immense destruction and the high cost of rebuilding the Syrian economy and society that is attracting international attention. It is also the potential power of reconstruction to influence post-war politics, economy and society....