Palestinian Refugees in an Increasingly Tumultuous Middle East


The Middle East is facing successive refugee crises stemming from violent, protracted conflicts. With an official count of over 5.1 million, Palestinian refugees still constitute the largest displaced population in the region, nearly seven decades on from their original displacement. 

While their plight is being overshadowed and complicated by newer refugee flows from Syria, Palestinian refugees are experiencing increased humanitarian and protection risks. Without any viable political horizon, exasperation and radicalization among the refugees is growing.

Join New America and UNRWA USA for a conversation with UNRWA's Commissioner-General Pierre Krahenbuhl about the situation of Palestinian refugees today in a region plagued by war and displacement; possible strategies to preserve the refugees' dignity, pride, and hope; and the role of UNRWA in ensuring their protection and well-being.

A light lunch will be served.


Pierre Krahenbuhl
Commissioner-General, United Nations Relief and Works Agency

Khaled Elgindy
Fellow, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution 

Zaha Hassan
Middle East Fellow, New America