Syria Transition Challenges Project

A multilateral dialogue and research project that aims to build common ground between the European, Russian, Turkish and US views on the issues of Reform, Refugees Return, and Reconstruction in Syria (3R). This project started in March 2019 and is part of the GCSP Diplomatic Dialogue.

Project team

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Christian Bühlmann, project supervisor

Colonel Christian Bühlmann is seconded from the Swiss Armed Forces as a contribution to peace, security and stability. As the Head of Diplomatic Dialogue, he is specifically committed to the values of neutrality, impartiality, independence and inclusiveness.

Prior to this assignment, he gained extensive experience in the area of defence policy, politics, and military strategy as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Swiss Armed Forces. He has over 30 years of combined civilian and military experience.

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Alexandra MatasAlexandra Matas, co-Project lead

Alexandra Matas is a Head of the Effective Governance  cluster at the GCSP. Alexandra is directing Effective Governance courses in both English and French for State officials from different countries including Myanmar, Iraq, Cameroon and others. She also contributes to a number of GCSP courses including the European Security Course (ESC), Leadership in International Security Course (LISC), Swiss Military Professional Officers Training (SPOT) and others.

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Constance DumontConstance Dumont, Research Assistant and project coordinator

Constance is a research assistant and project coordinator for the Syria Transition Challenges Project and contributes to a project on the East Mediterranean at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy where she works since 2018.

She holds a Master’s degree in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where she specialized in the Middle East and Africa. Her research focused on the security nexus of states in the Sahel and the paradox of ungoverned spaces in the development of the Mali War.

Her first assignment in Geneva was for the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR), where she worked on eleven thematic mandates, drafting communications and observation reports for the Special Rapporteurs on the Migrants, Indigenous Peoples and Slavery mandates.

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