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Posted by : American University of Beirut
Date posted : Jan 01, 1970
Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs held a lecture "Population Displacement and the Arab Uprisings" by Shaden Khallaf Two years since the Arab uprisings erupted, the situation in the region still ranges from precarious to explosive. The nature and scope of the socio-political changes taking root are compounded by the intrinsic challenges of transitioning from decades of dictatorship toward more democratic systems of governance. Attaining "freedom" however, has incurred at a substantial human cost, as clearly manifested by the creation of new displacement crises, or the deterioration of the conditions of preexisting ones. The situation of refugees and asylum seekers was high on the regional agenda in relation to the massive movements which took place as a direct result of the upheaval in Libya, the ongoing violence in Syria and the internal displacement in Yemen. Shaden Khallaf has been lecturing at the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) and the Department of Law at The American University in Cairo since 2011. The main focus of her courses has been for students to understand the complexity of refugee and human rights protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region before the Arab Spring -- including the actors, patterns, dynamics and trends - and to analyze the impact of the dramatic socio-political changes since 2011 on population movements. Prior to joining CMRS, she acted as policy officer and adviser on Middle Eastern humanitarian and political affairs at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).