Sultan Barakat is the founding director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at York University, where he established and led, until 2014, the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit. Today, he is the director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute. A Jordanian national, he has followed closely the ongoing peace and reconstruction talks involving Syria. To discuss these and other issues, Barakat sat with Maha Yahya, the director of Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, for a Diwan interview on March 14, 2017.