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Hind Kabawat
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Hind Kabawat is the Director of Interfaith Peacebuilding at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University. Hind was raised in Syria and now lives in Toronto. Because of her dedicated efforts to build peace in the Middle East, she was named a Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action in 2007.

When Hind became a Peacemaker, Syria was a relatively peaceful country. Since that time, Syria has descended into civil war. Hind leads civil society building efforts in Syria that promote interfaith tolerance and build cooperation, and conflict resolution and reconciliation skills among grass roots activists.

Hind is an International Counsel at Janssen and Associates, Toronto. She holds a BA in Economics from Damascus University, a degree in Law from the Arab University, Beirut; a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the University of Toronto; a Certificate in Strategy Leadership from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

She was awarded the Public Diplomacy Award from CRDC, George Mason University in 2009 and appointed as the Ambassador of Conflict Resolution and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Middle East, World Economic Forum, Davos. Hind is on the Advisory Board for the World Bank in the Middle Eastern issues; is a member in the Global Agenda Council for war intervention, World Economic Forum; and is a founding member of the Syrian Centre of Dialogue.

Entries by Hind Kabawat

Riyadh Conference: What Makes It Different?

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Nearly two years after the Geneva II peace talks failed to produce a political solution to the Syrian conflict, the Syrian opposition convened last week to discuss the prospect of a new round of negotiations with the government in Damascus to end a civil war, now approaching its 5-year anniversary....

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My Memories of the First Syrian Film Festival in Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Nineteen years ago as a young Syrian immigrant in Canada, I attended the Toronto film festival. It was the first film festival that I ever attended, and I was mesmerized by the crowds, the show, the stars, the glamor and the entire spectacle. That first film festival is still imprinted...

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A Story of a Refugee Woman in Zaatari

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 4:10 PM

A garden of sunflowers thriving in the desert landscape at the Zaatari Refugee Camp was not the greeting we anticipated, when we began walking on foot through one of the largest refugee camps in the host country of Jordan. It was a sign. Planting gardens in civic space...

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Syrian Ramadan at the Edge of War

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Peace is not possible in states with different religions and sects when those tribal identities are used to trigger division. But it is possible when deep bonds are built upon trust, empathy, solidarity, commercial relations and respect. For me, this is a basic truth that has emerged from my years...

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Yarmouk Camp, Anybody still there?

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 3:55 PM

Sami Skyped me in July 2012 to say that he would be escaping from his home in the old city of Damascus to the Yarmouk camp out of fear that the Syrian secret service would catch him.

Sami was one of the pioneers of the revolution in a time...

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Hidden Minorities, Hidden Tragedies: A Beautiful Syrian World in Trouble

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 12:21 PM

February 23rd, 2015 marked another day of infamy on the ISIS calendar of atrocities. That day, their barbaric parade entered the Assyrian village of Tel-Shamiram brandishing their characteristic savagery. By mid-morning the ISIS thugs had abducted 235 Assyrians, including 89 women and 39 children, providing the international community with yet...

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Muslim and Christian Prayer

(9) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 12:43 PM

The United States Institute of Peace proudly hosted an interfaith dialogue last month including faith leaders from over a dozen Syrian religious communities. After two days of dialogue, we discovered that despite the clamor of the western media, Syrian religious leaders, activists, journalists, lawyers, women and men from all backgrounds,...

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Women of Syria Tell The Real Story

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 4:27 PM

My latest trip to Syria last month was different from all the other trips I have previously made to my country. The previous trips when I visited the refugee camps were joyful, optimistic and hopeful. The refugees continuously reassured me that they had a commitment to building a new and...

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From Green to Black: What Happens to a Revolution Without Support

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:55 AM

It had been a hot August day. I managed to get my passport stamped by the Turkish authorities, and head to the bus loading area, where I would begin my journey back home, into Syria. I climbed into a small bus packed with women and children. A bearded man politely...

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Children of Syria

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 2:11 PM

I met Mustapha for the first time in a refugee camp in the Syrian border town of Atmeh, near Turkey. At the time, I was training young Syrians in the camp on conflict resolution techniques. Mustapha was standing outside the big tent; he was too old to go to the...

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Meet the Women Rebuilding Syria in the Midst of War

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:51 PM

I landed in Hatay, Turkey, with my friend Sima on the kind of winter night typical of Anatolia -- cold and rainy. We were heading back to the Syrian refugee camps, and the news we were receiving from the liberated territories was far from positive. The Islamic State of Iraq...

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Two Evils in the Syrian Revolution

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2014 | 11:39 AM

I grew up in Damascus. My son and daughter grew up there too, in one of the oldest parts of the old city -- a neighborhood where Christianity goes so far back that it was a five minute walk from our home to the Chapel of St. Paul, which incorporates...

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