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Brookings – The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the United States

February 8, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Syrian refugee crisis and the United States

Hosted by the Brookings Institution


The Brookings Institution, Saul/Zilkha Room

1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC


Terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have stoked fears among some Americans regarding the possible entry of Syrian refugees into the United States. Concerns exist that, along with refugees, members of the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations might enter the U.S. and carry out attacks against the U.S. homeland. These fears, coupled with often vitriolic political rhetoric, have alarmed American Muslims. What is the true level of danger refugees pose? How can the United States best contribute to managing the Syrian refugee problem? Given the 2016 presidential elections, what options are politically viable?

On January 25, the Center for Middle East Policy and the Governance Studies program at Brookings will host a discussion on the U.S. role in addressing the Syrian refugee crisis. The panel will include Elizabeth Ferris and William Galston of Brookings, experts on refugee resettlement and U.S. politics respectively, as well as Robert McKenzie, a new Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World visiting fellow whose research focuses on Muslim communities in the West. Daniel Byman, senior fellow and research director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the panel. Following the discussion, the panelists will take audience questions.

This discussion is the first in a series of Foreign Policy at Brookings events focusing on the refugee crisis and the U.S. and international community’s response.

After the session, panelists will take audience questions. Join the conversation on Twitter at #RefugeeCrisis.


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