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The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and the US: the twisted ways of policy-making

The ‘refugee crisis’ has raised a lot of debates amongst Europe and the European Union. However, the position of the US is often overlooked in these debates even though its role has been central to the course of this ‘crisis’ from its very beginning. In Nizar Farsakh’s view, Obama’s international policy, while attempting to disrupt that of his predecessor, nonetheless resulted in the opposite outcome it was aiming for. Nizar Farsakh is Program Director for Civil Society Partnerships at the US-based NGO Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). Prior to this position, he was the General Director of the General Delegation of the PLO to the US for two years, and has extensive experience in policy advising to Palestinian negotiators on border-related issues.   The enormity of the Syrian refugee crisis has exposed the limits of Europe’s absorption capacity, both in physical as well as social/national terms. This has prompted many to ask how come European countries did not foresee it coming and whether they could have averted waiting for the crisis to rise to that magnitude. Yet, only after a few weeks, if not months, did people start to ask about the role of the US in all of […]

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Being Human Festival in Portsmouth. Port city: narratives of migration

Series summary Portsmouth tends to be associated with the history of the Navy, and there is a mistaken perception that it is a monocultural city. With its lectures, walk, workshop, exhibition and readings on migration, ‘Port city: narratives of migration’ aims to dispel this notion. Drinking tea to escape the noise of the world | Friday 13 November The event starts with a presentation of the ‘Tea Project’ exhibition exploring aspects of the personal, political and collective histories related to the tea trade and migration. This will be followed by a talk on tea trade and migration by Portsmouth’s own local tea merchant. Portsmouth sailortown walk | Saturday 14 November This walk will explore the unique culture and representation of three sailortowns of Portsmouth that evolved between the 18th and early 20th centuries. Engaging with the past: migration memories | Tuesday 17 November A special guest lecture by Eithne Nightingale (Queen Mary University London) on her research into ‘migration museums’ in port towns, followed by a reading and discussion group on the theme of ‘migration museums’. Reviving the Crescent: Portsmouth connects with Asia | Wednesday 18 November Presenting a very different narrative, creative and cultural industries lecturer Tom Sykes will discuss Portsmouth’s role as […]

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