The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the American Security Project titled What Comes After? Strategy for Stabilization and reconstruction in Syria. Experts started by looking into past conflicts and the ways in which money was wasted and distributed in the rebuilding process. Experts presented the question to their peers of how can they collectively help the conflict state move towards a new vision of a sustainability.The panel explained the diversity of cultures that existed before the armed conflict took place and the many ways it was destroyed. The panel searched for answers as to the best route to effectively get humanitarian aid to the people in need at this point. Experts mentioned the United Nations Development Programme and spoke briefly on its sustainable development goals through programs such as “Cash-for-Work” and how effective they can be in the rebuilding process.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the Atlantic Council titled
The Economic Decline in the Middle East after the 2011 Uprising. Experts began by determining root causes of its economic decline and searched for solutions to repair it and give it upward mobility. Experts went over key factors such as the youth unemployment rate and how the economic issue prior to 2011 has worsened. Experts went into detail on the low levels of natural resources and how this part of the Middle East consumes 85% of its GDP which causes them to advocate for foreign investments to rebuild the economy. Experts highlighted other points such as the female labor force in the country is at 25% which is very low and due to the past political and financial instability foreign investments and the import-export market is one of the best optimistic choices to regain hope.
The Shirazi Foundation attended an event hosted by the USIP (United States institute of Peace) titled Irreversible Damage: Civilian Harm in Modern Conflict. Experts shed light on issues such as how civilian harm became a catalyst that escalated civilian casualties. Experts also shared the damage that is done to the family structure when civilians are killed; these civilian can be a husband's or providers of a family and the family is now cut off from being cared for , in turn the family has to now depend on government assistance to survive. The panel also spoke of the various numbers associated with violence in that region. There was a spike in Violence from 2007-2011 with an influx in the use of IEDs. The experts made recommendations that the U.S. Should figure out who are the key players in civil society and the best way of communications between Ngo’s and organizations to reduce casualties. Experts added that this is a strategic matter and not just a moral and humanitarian one.