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More than four years after the start of the Syrian conflict, refugees now number in the millions and face increasingly desperate circumstances. Tragically, the Syrian refugee population only adds to the waves of displacement in the Middle East in the modern era stemming from conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other neighboring countries.

Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi, former UN Special Envoy to Syria, along with panelists Chantal Thomas, Alex Aleinikoff and Lisel Hintz, highlighted the challenges of protracted conflict and displacement March 22, 2016 at a roundtable discussion in Myron Taylor Hall.

Chantal Thomas is a professor of law at Cornell Law School and director of the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Alex Aleinikoff is a former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva and a visiting professor of law at Columbia University. Lisel Hintz is a postdoctoral fellow at the Einaudi Center.

The event was hosted by the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Berger Center for International Legal Studies, and the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa.