Coming Home? A Political Settlement in Syria Must Focus on Refugees

Author
Maha Yahya, Jean Kassir
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Abstract
A sustainable political settlement to end the multiple conflicts in Syria will not be possible without a real focus on the challenges of refugee returns. The complexities of the Syrian wars as well as previous international experiences with similar conflicts underscore that ensuring long-term peace requires a more focused attention on the challenges for effective repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons, including significant security and protection guarantees. Without these, and irrespective of the eventual shape of a political solution, their return may be neither possible nor sustainable—with significant repercussions for peace in Syria, neighboring countries, and states beyond.
Topic
War, International Security, Refugee Crisis
Political Geography
Syria