Understanding the Aleppo Crisis

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Friday, 3 February 2017

15:00 PM - 17:00 PM

International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia, Petaling Jaya

Forum: Understanding the Aleppo Crisis


Date: 3rd February 2017 (Friday)

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Venue: International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia

Organizers: IAIS & JUST



The recent development in Aleppo sparked polarized responses from various commentators. Videos and tweets recording ‘last messages’ from Syrian activists

flooded the media, warning that the ‘fall’ of Aleppo to Assad-led Syrian forces meant an imminent massacre to the Sunni-majority civilians. 


On the opposite spectrum, those ‘last messages’ were dismissed as concerted lies concocted by pro-jihadist extremists to elicit sympathy and spread misinformation. To them, this is the ‘liberation’ that Syrians have long awaited, freeing Aleppo from the terror of radical fighters and their reductionist vision of Islamic state. 


Beyond the media frenzy covering this international conflict, how can we better understand the conflict dynamics and make better informed comments/decisions on the issue? What are the latest developments in the conflict? Who are the local and international stakeholders? What are their key driving factors? Are there leverage points of de-escalation and roadmaps towards peace?



1. Identify the fundamental dynamics of the Syrian conflict:

a. What are the latest developments?

b. Who are the key actors and stakeholders (local and international)?

c. What are the key driving factors for conflicts?

d. What are the roadmaps towards peace?

2. Learn media trends, and identify their pitfalls when viewing the conflict from a more comprehensive view.


Scope of discussion

1. What is currently going on in Syria?

2. What are the role of international stakeholders like the US, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Arab countries?

3. How do non-state actors such as Shia militia, Hezbollah, ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, and etc. affect the conflict?

4. Media representations about the conflict—is it ‘fall’ or ‘liberation’ of Aleppo?)


Forum Language: English

Forum fees: Free