- When was the SRCC established?
- Why was it established?
- By whom is it governed?
- On what types of research fields does it focus?
- How often does it publish articles?
- How is the transitional policy research programme contributing to democracy in Syria?
- What are the development resources and tools that the SRCC is providing for the future of Syria?
- What type of research tools does the SRCC provide?
The Strategic Research and Communication Centre (SRCC) was founded in 2010 to provide high-quality research, information, analysis and commentary on Syria to news outlets, government departments, academic institutions and research centres.
Prior to the 2011 uprising, Syria was largely ignored by both international media and academia. The number of detailed studies about Syria does not reflect the country's status as an influential player in the Middle East. From 1919 to 2007, the total number of publicly available studies on Syria did not exceed 114. Consequently, debates on Syria were internal discussions driven by ideological issues and not by unbiased information and research. Studies originating in the West, though valuable, can often be enhanced by deeper knowledge of Middle East politics and society. When Western intellectual rigour is married with local knowledge and research abilities, a nuanced understanding is achieved. The SRCC engages with Syrian academics and researchers in order to produce better policy research. With this in mind, the SRCC produces original studies examining the main political and socio-economic challenges in Syria: poverty, unemployment and social and political repression. Political, economic and social data and the strategic studies are available to all stakeholders, including policy makers, correspondents, journalists and academics with an interest in Syrian affairs.
SRCC is a non-governmental organization that is governed by a five-member advisory board, with diverse academic and institutional backgrounds. Additionally, the
SRCC's executive director and senior staff are responsible for daily operation of the centre.
SRCC focuses on economics, politics and social change.
In addition to the Transitional Period Policy Research, the SRCC produces five products:
- Daily News Round-Up: Launched after the start of the Syrian uprising, it summarises events, videos, analysis, international reactions, media coverage, upcoming events and daily statistics.
- Weekly News Round-Up: Provides summaries and trend analysis on Syria in the areas of economy, civil society, local press coverage and political conditions.
- Policy Analysis Articles: Briefer pieces that address the same topics as a policy paper. They highlight areas of importance in future policies for Syrian stakeholders.
- Strategic Briefings: Opinion and analysis on important incidents or issues pertaining to Syrian affairs.
- Special Reports: Answers questions on pressing matters related to Syrian political, economic and social affairs. The purpose is to provide research-based analysis and inspire national debate.
In light of the changes in Syria, the SRCC launched the Transitional Period Policy Research programme to publish high-quality research and policy-oriented articles and papers in order to be a primary resource for the new transitional government, civic groups and activists. The programme focuses on the following areas: rule of law, national reconciliation, armed forces, economic and political development, foreign policy, energy, health, education, water and agriculture, the environment and tourism.
SRCC provides expertise and spreads awareness in the following areas:
- Restructuring Judicial System in Future Syria.
- The Relevance of a Presidential Electoral System in Syria.
- A New Quota System for Syria.
- Syria's Electoral Reforms: Myths and Facts Electoral System in Future Syria
The information and analysis that the SRCC provides is essential to social and political development. Policy research facilitates informed and effective decision making and can contribute to public dialogue on current social and political issues. Such research can be a tool for engagement that can facilitate political opportunities. The SRCC intends to develop Syrian social sciences research capacity, from topic formulation to evidence-based policy engagement. This will provide a foundation for further research capacity development and implementation.