The conflict in Syria has created the largest refugee crisis since World War II. More than 5.5 million Syrian refugees reside in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and another 6.5 million are internally displaced. Whether refugees return to Syria depends on a number of conditions—such as governance and personal safety as well as political transition—which the international community has largely ignored in the ongoing peace deal negotiations. The Carnegie Middle East Program will host a discussion of Maha Yahya’s latest report Unheard Voices: What Syrian Refugees Need to Return Home. The report offers policy recommendations that place refugee demands at the center of any sustainable political resolution of the Syrian conflict. Maha Yahya will present her findings. Ibrahim al-Assil and Sana Mustafa will provide comments on the report. Cole Bockenfeld will moderate.

A light lunch will be provided. 

Ibrahim al-Assil

Ibrahim al-Assil is a resident fellow at the Middle East Institute.

Cole Bockenfeld

Cole Bockenfeld is the senior officer for international programs policy and advocacy at the International Rescue Committee.

Sana Mustafa

Sana Mustafa is the director of Sana Mustafa Consulting and a founding member of the Network for Refugee Voices. 

Maha Yahya

Maha Yahya is the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut.