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Vail Symposium speaker presents politics and perspectives of the refugee crisis

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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.
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What: “The Middle East Refugee Crisis: Politics and Perspectives,” with Hardin Lang and Randy Wyrick.

When: Thursday, March 17; 5:30 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. program.

Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: $25 online registration until 2 p.m. on the day of the event, $35 at the door or $10 for students and teachers.

More information: Advanced registration is recommended as the program is likely to sell out. Register at http://www.vailsymposium.org or by calling 970-476-0954.

VAIL — 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.

In light of ballooning attention to this issue and misinformation being spread about the topic, the Vail Symposium will host a program today at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards with expert Hardin Lang.

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, peace building 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 recently returned from the Middle East, where he spent time analyzing the refugee issue specifically.

“We have seen so many headlines and heard so much commentary about this very important topic that we decided as an organization we needed to bring in an expert to discuss the issue and answer questions in person.”Julie NorbergExecutive director, Vail Symposium

“We have seen so many headlines and heard so much commentary about this very important topic that we decided as an organization we needed to bring in an expert to discuss the issue and answer questions in person,” said Julie Norberg, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “Already we have seen a lot of interest in the program. We recommend getting your tickets as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on a seat.”

Lang will discuss the global refugee crisis from both a European and American perspective in an interview-style format with Vail Daily 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.


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