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Vail Symposium: The Middle East Refugee Crisis
March 17, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Middle East Refugee Crisis: Politics and Perspectives with Hardin Lang
With Hardin Lang, interviewed on stage by journalist Randy Wyrick
Time: 5:30 p.m. reception | 6:00 p.m. presentation
Tickets: $25 in advance | $35 after 2 p.m. on event day | $10 students & teachers
More than 1 million refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking intense global debate and polarizing nations as politicians try to cope with this influx of migrants. The American political campaign for the Presidency has made the American reaction even more difficult. Hardin Lang is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where he focuses on U.S. national security and multilateral affairs, Middle East policy, and the role of Islamists in the region. Lang has more than 18 years of experience in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and stabilization, including a 12-year career with the United Nations. Most recently, Lang was a senior fellow in the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and has just recently returned from the Middle East where he spent time analyzing the refugee issue specifically.
In Vail, Lang will discuss this issue from both a European and American perspective in an interview-style format with journalist Randy Wyrick.
During his tenure at the United Nations, Lang served as head of office for former President Bill Clinton in his role as U.N. special envoy for Haiti, helped launch the U.N. stabilization in Mali, and managed peace operations in Afghanistan and Haiti. Lang served as a senior adviser to the U.N. special representative to Iraq. Lang also spent two years in the Balkans, where he helped draft Kosovo’s first interim constitution.