Current Civil Resistance in Syria

    Civil resistance -that is, non violent and active resistance to authoritarian regimes- is one of the most important means of transition from dictatorship to democracy. Civil resistance aims to undermine the central pillars that uphold these regimes, to strip them of legitimacy and gradually and systematically weaken them until they fall.

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    Report on the Digital Protection and Security Course

    The Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria in cooperation with the Euphrates Solidarity Association have run a course on digital protection and security for Syrian Activists living in Istanbul. It was under the supervision of Mr. Saman Seyda as head and also Mesud Perik. It addressed many topics such as passwords, encryption, viruses,

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    Participation is everything — a conversation with Erica Chenoweth

    Over the last year and a half, an historic wave of uprisings and revolutions has engulfed much of the world and done more to legitimize the power of nonviolence than anything since the fall of the Soviet Union. Just as Tunisians kicked off this global nonviolent upheaval, Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan were putting the

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    No sects please: we’re Syrian

    The family that rescued us was a conservative Sunni family, but I felt closer to them than the young driver who belongs to the same sect as I do. Why?   It was the day of the funeral for a martyr in Midan, the epicentre of anti-regime protest in Damascus. My friends and I were

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    Civil Society’s Role in Securing Effective and Sustainable Reform

    Today, there is broad agreement that corruption causes unacceptable harm and that failure to address it is irresponsible. Under pressure from civil society, which is composed of nongovernmental, nonprofit, and independent organizations, governments and international institutions have concluded anticorruption agreements and made other commitments to improve governance and accountability. The role of civil society will

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    The semi-annual report in 2012

    1. Several members of the work team have undertaken a number of qualifying courses in the fields of transitional justice and democratization.   2. Work has been carried out preparing a website for the Centre. This will give information about the Centre and present an overview of it’s activities and programs. It will be three

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