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ARI in the Media
Bassma Kodmani, who is a member of the official Syrian opposition delegation of negotiators and founded the Arab Reform Initiative.
ARI executive director and member of the Syrian opposition negotiating delegation for the Geneva IV conference on Syria Bassma Kodmani speaks during an interview with Reuters in a hotel in Geneva, Switzerland, February 25, 2017.
UNU Vice-Rector visit and Advisory Board meeting
Cette politologue franco-syrienne engagée en faveur de la démocratisation des pays arabes participe actuellement aux négociations de Genève sur la Syrie, comme membre de l’équipe de négociation de l’opposition syrienne.
The uprisings of 2011 did not feel so much like spring – rather like a new birth: the birth of democracy, no doubt. These kids who took to the streets carried the vision of democratic citizenship. We celebrated the courage of the activists, their civility, their unexpected maturity, the moderation with which all groups from different political backgrounds behaved. We realized it was a fragile, vulnerable newborn, knowing nothing, eager to learn, likely to fall at every step before she (democracy in Arabic is feminine) learned how to walk. Who would protect her? And what part could philanthropy play in this? After three years of descent into hell in Syria, a reignited war in Iraq and chaos in Libya, this question is all the more pressing.