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Conference on Youth Marginalization and Radicalization Amid the Syrian Crisis

11.03.2015  10:40
March 19, 2015 Beirut 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM EET (UTC+2)

As the Syrian crisis enters its fourth year, the situation continues to become more difficult for refugees, host communities, and donors. Among Syrian refugees, youth are one of the most critically affected groups. With low prospects for education and high risks of exploitation in the job market, they are most vulnerable for recruitment by extremists. And the same can be said for youth in host communities, who are also suffering economic fallout from the refugee influx. 

The Carnegie Middle East Center, in partnership with the Danish Institute in Damascus and the Center for Lebanese Studies, is holding a day-long conference to discuss the challenges facing Syrian and Lebanese youth as a result of the Syrian crisis. The conference aims to identify potential solutions that could stem the marginalization of the Syrian and Lebanese youth and their consequent radicalization. It will also assess the current coordination of crisis response efforts among the public and private sectors, NGOs, and donors.

Space is limited so only those registered in advance can be guaranteed entrance. The event will take place in English with simultaneous Arabic interpretation.


09:00 – 09:30        
Welcome and Introduction

09:30 – 10:45    
Stakeholder Coordination, Prospects, and Challenges

  • (Name to be confirmed), Ministry of Social Affairs
  • Maha Shuayb, director, Center for Lebanese Studies
  • Kamel Kosbar, president, Sidon Syrian Relief Union
  • Nizar Saghiyeh, director, The Legal Agenda
  • Haneen Al Sayyed, coordinator, World Bank Human Development Program

10:45 – 11:00        
Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00    

13:00 – 14:00         

14:00 – 17:00    
Youth Radicalization and Security  

  • Mario Abou Zeid, research analyst, Carnegie Middle East Center
  • Lars Erslev Andersen, senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
  • Tobias Gemmerli, senior researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies
  • Lina Khatib, director, Carnegie Middle East Center
  • (Name to be confirmed), Crime Prevention Unit, Århus Police Department       

17:00 – 17:15        
Closing Remarks


Link to registration here: