A discussion with Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Friday, June 24, 2016
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1619 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
As a result of Lebanon’s open border policy, Syrian refugees now make up nearly a quarter of the country’s population, placing an enormous strain on its limited resources. The government has responded with visa restrictions, placing new pressures on a vulnerable refugee population amid a prolonged political impasse, heightening Lebanese frustrations over a breakdown in services.
Against this backdrop, United Nations (UN) agencies in Lebanon are working to address refugee needs as well as the economic and social burden their presence is having on their host country. The Middle East Institute and The Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are pleased to host Philippe Lazzarini, Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, for a discussion of these issues.
Randa Slim (MEI and SAIS) will moderate the discussion.
Deputy United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon
Randa Slim (Moderator)
Director for Track II Initiatives, The Middle East Institute and Fellow, The Foreign Policy Institute, SAIS