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Syria refugee Nedal Al-Hayk works as a fabricator, Nov. 16, 2015, in Warren, Mich. Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states though they have no legal authority to do so.

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U.S. Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

| November 18, 2015

News that one of the 11/13 Paris attackers carried a fake Syrian passport has raised fears about resettlement of Syrian refugees here in the United States. Some politicians and governors have called for the United States to stop resettling Syrian refugees altogether. Here are some facts to guide the debate.

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“Tolerating the Intolerable: Syria Four Years On”

Nov. 16, 2015

Former UK Ambassador to Lebanon, Tom Fletcher, and BBC war correspondent, Paul Wood, participated in a conversation on Syria moderated by Future of Diplomacy Project Executive Director, Cathryn Clüver, titled “Tolerating the Intolerable: Syria Four Years On” on September 30. Both speakers gave a highly variegated and in-depth response of the major and corollary issues at play in the Syrian conflict and beyond, including the difficulty of finding moderate forces on the ground, the dangers of warzone journalism, the migrant crisis, and Russia's strategic interests.

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Podcast: "Can the United States 'Manage' the Middle East? Should it Try?" with Stephen M. Walt

| May 5, 2015

An audio recording from Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.

On April 29, 2015 at MEI, Prof. Stephen Walt assessed U.S. policy and interests in the Middle East, arguing that scaled back involvement might yield better results for the U.S. and the region.

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Podcast: "The Syrian State: A Stateless Regime or State with Many Regimes?" with Bassam Haddad

April 17, 2015

An audio recording from Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, and Director, Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, George Mason University.

On April 2, 2015 at MEI, Professor Bassam Haddad presented a lecture in MEI Visiting Scholar Michael C. Hudson's Spring 2015 Study Group "Rethinking the Arab State" in which he assessed the fluctuating political reality in Syria and how various groups, including Bashar Al-Assad's regime, as well as ISIS and the unarmed civilian opposition organize and govern areas and people under their control.

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Inside the Middle East: Q&A with Philippe Fargues

April 10, 2015

In this installment of “Inside the Middle East: Q&A,” recorded on April 1, 2015, Dr. Philippe Fargues, Director of the Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies European University Institute (EUI), discusses the humanitarian crisis of migrants from North Africa, the Levant, and the Sahel, crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on boats.

A flag of the Syrian regime flies outside of Damascus.

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Podcast: Bassam Haddad on Syria's 'State with Many Regimes'

April 10, 2015

An audio recording from Bassam Haddad, Associate Professor, School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, and Director, Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, George Mason University and Michael C. Hudson, MEI Visiting Scholar, Spring 2015.

On April 3, 2015 at MEI, Professors Bassam Haddad and Michael C. Hudson sat down to discuss the themes in Dr. Haddad's recent lecture in the Spring 2015 study group Rethinking the Arab State, led by Dr. Hudson, titled "The Syrian State: a Stateless Regime or State with Many Regimes?"

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Roger Cohen Speaks About His New Book and the Jewish Experience in the Face Of ISIS and Violent Extremism

Feb. 17, 2015

New York Times columnist and former Fisher Family Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project, Roger Cohen, discussed his new memoir, "The Girl from Human Street" and the problems the Jewish community and the wider world confront with the rise of global displacement, Islamic State, and violent extremism.

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Belfer Center Named Top University Think Tank

Jan. 26, 2015

For the second year in a row and the third time in four years, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has been ranked the best university-affiliated research center in the world.

The ranking appears in the Global Go To Think Tank Index, produced annually by James McGann, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program. The purpose of the index, said McGann, is to “highlight the important role that think tanks play in civil societies and governments around the world.”