Welcome to our SYRIA series, a collaboration between ChromeRadio and the INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR AND STRATEGY, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS.
The Syrian conflict has now entered its eighth year. What began as a series of peaceful protests in March 2011, has now become an international proxy war. Thousands of Syrians are fleeing Eastern Ghouta, currently under attack from regime forces supported by Russia, and Afrin, where NATO member Turkey is fighting the YPG, a Kurdish militia backed by fellow NATO member, the US.
DR JASMINE GANI, Lecturer in International Relations, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, and Associate Director of the CENTRE FOR SYRIAN STUDIES
explores Syria past and present, the role of the al-Assad family in shaping modern Syria, and how the actions of other states have often directed the country's domestic agenda.
II. IN CONVERSATION
DR JASMINE GANI, Associate Director of the CENTRE FOR SYRIAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, in conversation with DR CHRIS PHILLIPS, Reader in International Relations, QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON and an Associate Fellow at CHATHAM HOUSE on how a civil conflict became an international proxy war, and the ongoing battle for Syria.
III. WITNESS | DR HAIAN DUKHAN
DR DUKHAN, Teaching Fellow in International Relations, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, on growing up in Palmyra and the role of Syria's tribes in the conflict.
IV. WITNESS | DR DARIA VOROBYEVA
DR DARIA VOROBYEVA, CENTRE FOR SYRIAN STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS, on the impact of the conflict on Syria's refugees, focusing on Armenian Syrians.
V. CULTURE IN CRISIS
In 2017, WORLD MONUMENTS FUND - with the support of the BRITISH COUNCIL, coordinating the CULTURAL PROTECTION FUND, and local partner, THE PETRA NATIONAL TRUST - launched its stonemasonry training programme at Mafraq in Jordan, 12 miles from the Syrian border. We hear how Master Mason TONY STEEL, Assistant Trainer NOUR AL SHDAIFAT, and local manager BARA'A AL FALAH are training Syrians and Jordanians to become the craftspeople and conservators of the future.
FURTHER INFORMATION: wmf.org.uk/Projects/stone-masonry-training-in-mafraq-jordan
VI. A SENSE OF PLACE (AVAILABLE 29 MARCH)
DR JASMINE GANI in conversation with physicist DR ALEXY KARENOWSKA, Fellow of MAGDALEN COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD and Director of Technology at the INSTITUTE FOR DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGY, on how 3D printing and machining technologies can help restore and replicate monuments damaged or destroyed during the conflict, such as Palmyra's triumphal arch, which was razed to the ground by ISIS in 2015.
PODCASTS I-IV & VI | ChromeRadio in partnership with the INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR AND STRATEGY, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS | PODCAST V | ChromeRadio in partnership with WORLD MONUMENTS FUND
Producer - Catriona Oliphant | Post-production - Chris Sharp.
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