The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

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This is the second workshop sponsored by the Boston University Institute for Iraqi Studies, with the co-sponsorship of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies and Boston University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations.  The first workshop examined the comparative lessons from the earlier Iraqi refugee crisis, as well as the pressing questions that might be addressed with respect to the gargantuan Syrian refugee tragedy.  The report from the March 2013 meeting may be found here.

A practical question was what substantive issue might be productively addressed in the second workshop?  In other words, what added value might the workshop offer?  It was decided to primarily focus the January 31 workshop on the impact of the Syrian refugee flood upon contiguous states, namely Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.  A variety of qualified scholars, and serving professionals address each of these four countries, as well as the plight of the millions of Syrians who have had to flee their homes.

The format of the workshop is informal.

One compelling dimension of the crisis, which was quite salient in the March 2013 workshop was the sexual predation and violence that afflicted many refugee girls and women.  One session will be devoted this problem.

Following the event, a detailed rapporteurs’ report will be made available, as well as a streaming audio archive of the meeting.

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Background information from the first refugee workshop, which was held last Spring.

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Read the just-published executive summary from the May 2, 2014, workshop.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Contiguous States

Read the just-published report from the January 31, 2014, workshop.

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JANUARY 31 2014 9am to 4:30pm: Workshop on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

CURA, 10 Lenox Street
Brookline, MA

This workshop focuses on the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis on the contiguous countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.


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