CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

What Does the Refugee Crisis Mean for the European Ideal?

What Does the Refugee Crisis Mean for the European Ideal?

This Should Have Been the European Union's Finest Moment

Refugees cling to crowded boats and cross borders by train and by foot, unsure of whether they will be met by unyielding force or warm empathy. It’s as if history reawakened in Europe …

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What Syrian Refugees Offer the West

What Syrian Refugees Offer the West

Having Ignored Syria's Plight for so Long, Europe Has One Last Opportunity to Care

She came from a safe city, at least by Syrian standards. Tartus is a government stronghold and home to a Russian naval base. Unlike in Aleppo, Homs, and Idlib, the regime hadn’t dropped barrel bombs; rebel shelling was rare. But as the years wore on, Syria’s war came closer, and 28-year-old Rawia’s life was filled with fear and uncertainty. …

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The Refugee Crisis Is Not Temporary

The Refugee Crisis Is Not Temporary

The Ongoing Flow of Displaced People Requires Greater International Cooperation

Last month, an image circulated online of a small, lifeless boy in shorts and a t-shirt, face down in the surf at a beach in Turkey. He was the 3-year-old son of Abdullah Kurdi, a Syrian barber who was attempting to flee his war-torn country with his family to Europe …

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We Need a Global Refugee Policy

We Need a Global Refugee Policy

The International Community Isn't Keeping Up With the Need for Humanitarian Assistance

Contrary to what you might think given the amount of attention focused on Europe’s response to the surging number of refugees knocking …

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Why We Shouldn't See Refugees as Huddled Masses

Why We Shouldn't See Refugees as Huddled Masses

Media Images Portray Displaced People as Speechless and Without History

In recent months, the news media have broadcast striking images of refugees that prompt sympathy and assistance from well-meaning individuals and charitable organizations, and can even help persuade governments to act in a generous rather than mean-spirited manner. …

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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, October 18, 2015. Germany is ready to help drive forward Turkey's European Union accession process, Merkel said on Sunday, extending support to Ankara in exchange for Turkish help in stemming the flow of refugees to Europe. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RTS4YYN

Europe Cannot Be Run From Berlin

As Issues Like the Refugee Crisis Continue to Affect the European Union, Its Members Still Struggle to Find Solidarity

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Learning in the Midst of a Humanitarian Crisis

In Its Struggle to Respond to a Massive Surge of Refugees, the EU Needs a More Collaborative and Global Approach

Europe’s current refugee crisis offers many good examples for how to better deal with the 19 million refugees around the world—and a host of hard lessons about mistakes to avoid, said panelists at an event held by Zócalo Public Square, Democracy International, and NPR Berlin before a live audience in Berlin and simulcast for an audience at New York Public Radio’s The Greene Space. …

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