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Fabbe, Kristin and Sinmazdemir, Tolga (2018) 'Syrian Refugees in Turkey and the Politics of Postconflict Reconciliation.' Review of Middle East Studies, 52 (2). pp. 249-262.

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Finding suitable settlements to civil wars, then proceeding to reconcile and reintegrate civilian communities to realize such settlements and avoid future conflict, poses many seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Syrian conflict is a case in point. Not only has a settlement proved elusive, but little is known about how the millions of civilian refugees who have fled the war feel about postconflict reconciliation and the future of their country. We use an original survey of 1,384 Syrian refugees conducted in Turkey in 2016 to draw attention to how refugees view the politics of postconflict reconciliation and reconstruction. We find that refugees desire peace in Syria more than anything else, yet they also desire harsh punishments for the perpetrators of violence, especially against civilians, from all sides of the conflict, which is likely to complicate any process of reconciliation.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 21513481
Copyright Statement: © Middle East Studies Association of North America, Inc. 2019. This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Cambridge University Press in Review of Middle East Studies, available online:
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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2019 14:14
Funders: Other

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