Why Syrian Forum?

The crisis in Syria is making headlines around the world as the fallout of the Assad regime's brutality against the people of Syria is reaching Europe and beyond in a palpable way. It is now being acknowledged as the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. But the suffering has been ongoing for four years - before the flocks of refugees started arriving on European shores - inside Syria and in the displaced Syrian diaspora. And it persists today with the same intensity.

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Syrians around the world, and indeed everyone with a keen conscience, are deeply hurt and enraged by what they're witnessing, but are also frustrated with a sense of desperation and helplessness. How do we help our fellow Syrians, our fellow humans? Where to go from here, they ask. What to do? 

Occasional bouts of humanitarian relief have been the only strategic response to the challenge.

Hence the need for The Syrian Forum: A systemic, sustainable, comprehensive, institutional response that comprises, and goes well beyond, direct humanitarian assistance, to include ways in which the Syrian people can help themselves rise up from the depths of tragedy and despair, and soar further up from there into sustainable security and prosperity.

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The Syrian Forum is composed of 200 full-time employees and professionals who are bound together, determined to offer a functional alternative to the sense of defeatism and desperation. 

  • The Syrian Forum’s goal is to help Syrian individuals and institutions be more competent in order to develop and sustain Syrian lives.


To enable Syrian Americans and Americans at large to help Syrians take the lead in securing their own social, cultural, and economic prosperity.


To educate society on and enable it to uplift Syrians' lives by offering accessible, quality services that include humanitarian aid, professional development, job placement, good governance training, policy analysis & advocacy, and media representation in order to set the ground for establishing a society of justice and dignity, founded mainly on internal capacities and self-sufficiency.

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  • Syrian Forum USA, based in Chicago, Illinois, is independently registered as a 501(c)3.
  • Syrian Forum Austria, based in Vienna, , and is independently registered and serves as the organization's European affiliate.
  • Syrian Forum is registered and headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey with offices in Turkey and Syria.
  • Syrian Forum is a consortium of six independent member institutions, each with its own focused area of work.

Where we work



  • Syria
    • Idlib – SF Office
    • Latakia – SF Office
    • Daraa – SF Office
    • Aleppo – SF Task Force
    • Al-Hassakah – SF Task Force
    • Deir Ezzor – SF Task Force
    • Rural Damascus – SF Task Force
  • Turkey
    • Istanbul – SF Office
    • Gaziantep – SF Office
    • Urfa – SF Office
    • Mersin – SF Office


  • USA
    • Chicago - SF USA Office
    • Washington – SF USA Task Force


    • Vienna – SF Austria Office