January 31, 2014, 9:00 am - July 13, 2019, 11:13 am


The National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, District of Columbia 20045 (Map)

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The Middle East Institute is proud to present a half-day conference examining the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Bringing together voices from the humanitarian and policy communities, the conference will foster a discussion about the urgency of the civilian situation on the ground, its impact on neighboring host countries, and tangible policy solutions aimed at long-term stabilization of the crisis.

Conference Agenda

8:50am Opening Remarks
Amb. Wendy Chamberlin
President, The Middle East Institute

9:00am-10:30am Panel I: Mapping the Crisis
Amin Awad, UNHCR
Abdallah Al-Dardari, UN-ESCWA, Beirut
Uma Kandalayeva, International Relief and Development
Jomana Qaddour, Syria Relief and Development, Inc.
Moderated by Kate Seelye, The Middle East Institute

10:30am-10:45am Coffee Break

10:45am-12:15pm Panel II: Policies and Solutions
Amb. Jeffrey Feltman, UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs  
Najib Ghadbian, National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces  
Encho Gospodinov, EU Commission for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response  
Anne Richard, Asst. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration
Moderated by Paul Salem, The Middle East Institute

12:30pm-1:45pm Keynote Luncheon featuring USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
The keynote luncheon requires separate registration. To register for the keynote luncheon, click here.