June 25, 2015
Suffolk University - Rosalie K. Stahl Center
Amenities Room, 1st Floor
73 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02108
Dr. Jill Goldenziel Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
With the onset of the Arab Spring and a new wave of political upheaval across the Middle East and North Africa, came a refugee crisis of disastrous proportions. Since 2011, the numbers of refugees across the mediterranean region has swelled, with huge populations fleeing civil war in Syria and Libya, and others escaping civil strife elsewhere. The ramifications of this crisis are being felt across the region as neighboring countries attempt to accommodate the millions who seek asylum. These vulnerable populations have few options as many neighboring countries are poorly equipped to handle such a massive population influx while Europe continues to deal with the political and economic fallout caused by the 2008 recession. What can be done to prevent the creation of a "lost generation" and protect the millions seeking safety and prosperity? How can the region's nations be best equipped to deal with a problem that remains the responsibility of the whole international community?