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New America Foundation – After Paris: The Refugee Crisis

December 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

After Paris: The Refugee Crisis

New America Foundation

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Ongoing conflicts around the world have displaced sixty million refugees, with the war in Syria creating an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Half of the country’s population has been forced from their homes, and over four million Syrians have fled their homeland. Many are crossing the Aegean Sea in rafts or walking across Serbia and Hungary to reach Europe, which now faces its worst refugee crisis since World War II.

Given the severity of the situation, it is essential to examine Western policies towards these refugees. This half-day event examines the moral, legal, social, and political aspects of the challenges posed by recent mass displacement with a focus on current and future policy solutions. Participants include State Department officials such as Deputy Assistant Secretary Dafna Rand, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Simon Henshaw, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; Ambassador Peter Wittig, the German ambassador to the United States; New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter; author Kati Marton; Syrian community organizers Zaher and Suzanne Sahloul; and many others.

Please join New America and Arizona State University in welcoming the distinguished panelists for a discussion on the refugee crisis, the current policies, and lessons to be learned.

Join the conversation online using #AfterParis and following@NatSecNAF.

Draft Agenda:
(Subject to change)

1:00 – 1:10 Introductory Remarks

Anne Marie Slaughter, President, New America
Kati Marton, Board Member, New America

1:10 – 2:10 Syrian Refugees: On the Ground Perspectives

Zaher Sahloul, President, Syrian American Medical Society
Suzanne Sahloul, Founder and President, Syrian Community Network
Muna Jondy, Chair of Government Relations, United for a Free Syria
Qutaiba Idlbi, Co-founder and Director of Operations, People Demand Change
Moderated by Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America and Professor, Arizona State

2:10 – 3:10 Policy Responses to the Refugee Crisis

Elizabeth Campbell, Senior Humanitarian Policy Advisor, Bureau of International Organization Affairs
Dafna Rand, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Simon Henshaw, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
Moderated by Peter Bergen, Vice President, New America and Professor, Arizona State

3:10 – 4:10 The Refugee Crisis

Anne Marie Slaughter, President, New America
Kati Marton, Board Member, New America
Gregory Maniatis, Senior European Policy Fellow, Migration Policy Institute
Ambassador Peter Wittig, German ambassador to the United States
Moderated by Leon Wieseltier, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

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Date:
December 11, 2015
Time:
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.newamerica.org/international-security/after-paris-the-refugee-crisis/

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New America

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New America
740 15th St NW #900
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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