Since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, there have been abundant articles and studies on Syrian political factions and figures; but, to date, there has been no systematic study and critical appraisal of the engine of the revolution ˗ the local coordination committees (LCCs). For this reason, Hivos, in collaboration with Syrian stakeholders and regional knowledge initiatives such as Maalouma, has initiated the Syrian Perspectives Project.
This project aims to dissect the complexity of the conflict in Syria from the view of Syrian researchers who, despite deteriorating security and social conditions, still live and work inside Syria.
This study is part op the above mentioned project and has two distinctive added values. First, it critically appraises the LCCs by looking into their emergence, evolution, achievements and the challenges they face; second, it offers an insider perspective, as it is conducted by a young Syrian researcher who resided in Syria while writing this special bulletin. Over the course of 2013, Amr Abu Hamed conducted empirical research in extremely difficult and dangerous circumstances and observed the activities of LCCs and interviewed activists (names withheld).
This publication is part of the working paper series of the Knowledge Programme Civil Society in West Asia.