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World Affairs 2014: Syria's Refugee Crisis
The United Nations high commissioner for refugees estimates the civil war in Syria has displaced up to 10.25 million people, with 3.45 million of those refugees living in nearby countries. Neighboring Lebanon has accepted nearly 1 million Syrian refugees, approximately 22 percent of its population. Jordan's third largest "city" is now the Zaatari refugee camp, which holds over 120,000 people. Other nations in the region are experiencing the wave of immigration, and all are struggling to support the massive influx of refugees with inadequate public services and infrastructure that barely met the needs of existing populations. What short and long term impacts will this refugee crisis have on the region, and what is the likelihood, if any, of these displaced persons returning home? Guests include Jana Mason, senior adviser for external relations and government affairs, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Maureen White, visiting scholar, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; and Mona Yacoubian, senior adviser, Middle East and project director, Pathways to Progress, Stimson Center.

Mon, Apr 21, 2014 -- 8:00pm


The first World Affairs Council broadcast aired in October 1947. Back then, it was called "World Affairs are Your Affairs." Guests on the show included Gen. Dwight Eisenhower (July '49) and Vice President Alben Barkeley (October '49). The show ran continuously for 23 years. Today's World Affairs Council broadcast, called "It's Your World," brings some of the brightest minds to the air. It's Your World captures leading voices in politics, business, academia, media and art in candid discussions on issues concerning the world today.

Tue, Apr 22, 2014 -- 2:00am


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