With no fund in the horizon for large-scale reconstruction in Syria due to the absence of any political deal, the Syrian
government has been designing and implementing neoliberal reconstruction policies that are socially unjust, economically
exclusive and politically driven.
The focus of this paper is on the latest urban policies that have been set regarding reconstruction since 2011, such
as Decree 66/2012 and Law 10/2018. It also looks at the extent these legislations are negatively affecting Syrian citizens
and cities. The paper explores the impact of the current reconstruction policies on the Syrian citizens starting from
removing people from their home without adequately compensate them, dispossessing people of property rights,
advancing the agenda of external ‘developers’ and in many other ways showcasing the mentality of leveraging urban
reconstruction as a powerful political tool in the conflict.
Keywords: Reconstruction policy, Conflict, Displacement, Law 10, Decree 66, Syria, Damascus, Marota City, Informal
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