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Syrian Readers: A Digital Compendium on the Syrian Crisis

 The Syria Reader is a document-based compendium on the Syrian crisis. The Syria Reader is a project of the Middle East Studies Center (MESC) and the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at The American University in Cairo (AUC). It was developed by Ambassador Aly Erfan, professor of practice at GAPP, with the assistance of Jessie Steinhauer, a fellow at MESC. 


The digital library serves as a research tool for practitioners and scholars on issues related to policy surrounding the Syrian crisis and regional security in the Middle East. The approximately 500 official documents housed in the digital compendium date back to the beginning of the crisis and mark significant points in the political process. With a focus on diplomacy and the international humanitarian response, the Syria Reader enables the study of the original versions of documents relevant to the fields of law, history, politics, government and international relations.


The compendium includes a substantial number of official documents and reports related to the conflict in Syria from a variety of organizations, institutions and multilateral negotiation processes, including: 


Security Council 

General Assembly

League of Arab States 

Syrian Arab Republic 

High Negotiations Commission 

United Nations Secretary-General 

United Nations Special Envoy on Syria

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator 

Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic 

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Friends of Syria 

International Syria Support Group

Geneva Process

Astana Process


The Syria Reader features a periodically updated chronology of the conflict’s major political, humanitarian and military developments, covering the period from March 2011 until the present. 


The Syria Reader would not have been possible without the support of Ambassador Jeff Feltman, Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Political Affairs, Ambassador Ramzy Ezzedine, Deputy Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Syria and Mr. Rami Shehadeh, senior advisor and Syria team leader at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.