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Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East

Thu, May 21, 2015, 2:00pm - 7:00pm

UNA-NCA’s Peace and Security Committee and Human Rights Committee, along with The Institute of World Politics, invite you to a three part panel discussion

Beyond Crisis Management in the Middle East:
Peace and Stability in the Post 2015 Development Framework

Keynote Speaker

Shelly Pitterman
Head of UNHCR, Washington DC Office

Time and Location

Thursday, May 21
2:00-7:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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The panels will explore the approach to the refugee crises in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Cost: $20
IWP students – Free of cost.  Please contact Sarah Dwyer at for the link to register. 


Syrian Cross-Border Refugees, Photo courtesy of UN Photo/Mark Garten

Panel 1: Understanding the Problem from the Regional and Local Perspective

Michel Gabaudan, President, Refugees International

Panel 2: International Response

An overview of international mechanism to build peace, governance, and civil society in affected areas

Colonel (ret.) Christopher Holshek (moderator), Senior Fellow, Alliance for Peacebuilding; Co-Chair of the UNA-NCA Peace & Security Committee

John Filson, Senior Policy Manager, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Dr. Stefania Piffanelli, Deputy Director, United Nations Information Center 

Panel 3: Public-Private Practitioner Panel

Solutions and best practices from those closer to the ground

Albert Santoli (moderator), Faculty, Institute of World Politics 

David Weiss, President and CEO, Global Communities 

Colonel (ret.) Michael Dziedzic, Ph.D. Fellow, World Engagement Institute; Editor, Overlooked Enemies of Peace: Subduing Criminalized Power Structure

Reception sponsored by UNA-NCA Human Rights Committee

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Director of Government Relations and Strategist, Syrian American Council, Non-Resident Research Fellow, Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies

With additional questions about this event, please contact the United Nationals Association of the National Capital Region at 202-223-6092 or