Join the Middle East Studies Forum and the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) for a lunchtime seminar by the Syrian Center for Policy Research’s Zaki Mehchy on ‘The Cost of the Syrian Conflict: The economics of war and reconstruction’ in Melbourne on June 14 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm.


The lecture will focus on the latest findings of the socioeconomic impact of the conflict in Syria including its impact on GDP, capital stock, fiscal and monitory dynamics, employment, poverty, education, health, human development index, and social capital. Accordingly, the lecture will highlight the dramatic changes in the current institutions (rules of the game) dynamics that have witnessed the emergence of conflict-related actors in addition to change in the role of previous actors. The lecture will also identify the enormous challenges of “reconstruction process”. All the analysis will be presented within the framework of justice and taken into account differences across Syrian regions.

Author Bio

Zaki Mehchy is a co-founder and researcher of the Syrian Center for Policy Research (SCPR), which is an independent think tank that was established in Damascus in 2012. His work focuses on development policies and he has participated in several research and studies on socio-economic impact of the crisis in Syria, poverty and multidimensional deprivation, social capital and social cohesion, labor force, demography, and community empowerment. He worked for the Syrian Center for Development Research as a senior researcher before working for SCPR in 2012. He obtained a B.A. in Economics from Damascus University. In 2002, he obtained a Diploma certificate in International Economic Relations from Damascus University. He has MSc in International Economics from the University of Essex, UK.


June 14 2018
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Building BC, Deakin University Burwood campus

Please RSVP to by June 11 for catering purposes

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Watch the recording of the event on our YouTube channel here.