On June 13, Brookings will launch a new public opinion survey focusing on American attitudes toward refugees from the Middle East and from Syria in particular.
June 13, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
With violence in the Middle East and the associated refugee crisis continuing unabated, these issues remain prominent in Washington policy debates. It is therefore increasingly important for U.S. policymakers, political candidates, and voters to understand the American public’s attitudes toward the conflicts in the Middle East and the refugees fleeing those crises.
On June 13, Brookings will launch a new public opinion survey focusing on American attitudes toward refugees from the Middle East and from Syria in particular. Conducted by Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami, the poll looks at a range of questions, from whether Americans feel the United States has a moral obligation to take in refugees to whether these refugees pose a threat to national security. The national poll takes into account an expanded set of demographic variables and includes an over-sized sample of millennials.
Telhami will be joined in discussion by POLITICO Magazine and Boston Globe contributor Indira Lakshmanan. Tamara Cofman Wittes, senior fellow and director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.
Following the discussion, the speakers will take audience questions.
This event launches the Brookings Refugees Forum, which will take place on June 14 and 15.
Join the conversation on Twitter using #RefugeeCrisis.
Introduction and moderator
Tamara Cofman Wittes
Director, Center for Middle East Policy
Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy,Center for Middle East Policy
Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland
Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, @ShibleyTelhami
Indira Lakshmanan, Contributor, POLITICO Magazine, The Boston Globe, @Indira_L