Ahmed Ramadan, Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Strategic Consulting Office, participated in a workshop on the inclusive national project that was organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) and the Strategic Thinking Group Society (STGS).
Professor Mohamed Hussein Abu Saleh, former Minister of Strategic Planning in Sudan, presented a working paper on the nature and mechanisms of promoting the national project and how to formulate a contract of national interests and build a common vision among all components. The paper also talked about doing a serious review of the effects of decades of political and economic setbacks as well as social disruption in the Arab region.
Ramadan stressed the need to build an inclusive national identity that transcends identities while recognizing the cultural, intellectual, political and societal diversity. He also talked about ways to develop an intellectual current that reconciles with the concept of the national state and seeks to serve society in line with the concept of justice and equal citizenship.
Ramadan pointed out that the corrupt regimes, a stark example of which is the Assad regime, has sought for decades to demolish the pillars of society, weaken it economically, and suppress it politically, and repel its expertise and competencies. He added the current century will be a century of change. “Work must focus on strengthening national partnership, the launch of initiatives, and attracting energies to rebuild the national state in Syria and other countries experiencing similar crises.”
The workshop brought together researchers, academics, and experts from the Arab world, Turkey and Africa. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)