Omran for Strategic Studies, one of Syrian Forum's six organizations, recently issued two new studies. 

One study, titled, "The Syrian Security Services and the Need for Structural and Functional Change," was published in English on November 18th. The study found that the Syrian state does not possess a security sector sufficient enough to deserve reform. Security work in Syria currently falls under two categories: control and repression, and military-security networks. Two flaws can be identified will this system: first, the security structure's fragmentation, which limits its progress and development; and second, the largely fluid and boundless structure of the system. Therefore, any reform process of these security services must target their function and structure simultaneously.


The study shows that restructuring measures should be based on principles of change, smooth transition, and cohesion, to avoid any sudden and abrupt changes which could disrupt the cohesion of the country. The study proposes three phases for carrying out the reform and development process: The first phase relates to the legal system, which will ensure the principles of integration, rebalance, change of function, and strengthened oversight. The second phase is linked to the development of the human, administrative, and technical structures. As for the third stage, it will comprise a set of measures that aim to complete the construction of a cohesive and functional security sector.

The second study, titled "Education Realities in Areas Under Control of Local Administrative Councils," was recently published in Arabic. The study found that the quality of educational performance in areas under the control of local administrations has been directly connected to the strength of the control that local administration can exercise over its area, which is connected to conflicts between various local groups, each with their own political and ideological agenda. In addition, the study found that technical and professional challenges faced by those in charge of the educational process also pose a greatly negative effect.

The above challenges are obvious as the result of a lack of a clear unified vision, as well as a lack of mechanisms available to actually implement decisions made at the leadership level. The main people who are negatively affected by these barriers to provided good educations are the students themselves.

Omran for Strategic Studies was established in November 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The independent think tank and policy center publishes objective studies and policy briefs regarding Syrian and regional affairs in the areas of politics, economic development, and local administration to become a reference for public policies. Omran also conducts round-table discussions, seminars, and workshops that promote a more systematic and methodical culture of decision making among future leaders of Syria.

You may download "The Syrian Security Services and the Need for Structural and Functional" from here