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The conflict in Syria has created an unprecedented and profoundly tragic situation. Half of the country’s population has been forced from their homes and over four million Syrians have fled their country as refugees. Many cross the Aegean Sea in rafts or walk across Serbia and Hungary to reach Europe, which now faces its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.
This conference, held at New America, 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 in Europe and the U.S. Participants include Anne Marie Slaughter, President, New America and former Director of Policy, U.S. Department of State; Kati Marton, Board Member, New America; Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the U.S.; Dafne Rand, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Zaher Sahloul, President, Syrian American Medical Society; Simon Henshaw, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration; Elizabeth Campbell, Bureau of International Organization Affairs; Suzanne Sahloul, Founder and President, Syrian Community Network; Peter Bergen, Vice-President, New America, Professor of Practice, Arizona State University and others.