The Syrian refugee crisis is widely viewed as the worst such crisis since World War II. Beginning with the onset of the conflict in 2011, it has grown to the point of destabilizing not only the entire Middle East but also parts of Europe. It has even been the subject of a bitter national debate here in the United States, pitting those who believe it’s our moral duty to welcome refugees against those who fear that doing so will jeopardize our national security. In this lecture, Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at DU’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, will examine the roots of the Syrian refugee crisis, measure its political and humanitarian dimensions and answer the critical question of why it matters for our world.
Sponsored by Western Union Foundation