The Long-Term Security Challenges of Libya and Syria’s Lost Generations

Syrian boys walk between tents in mud from the heavy rains at a refugee camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Feb. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Hussein Malla).
Syrian boys walk between tents in mud from the heavy rains at a refugee camp in the town of Marej in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon, Feb. 25, 2015 (AP photo by Hussein Malla).

Today the world is riveted by the tragic migrant flows from North Africa and the Middle East into Europe. Driven by conflict in their homelands, hundreds of thousands of refugees have risked—and sometimes lost—everything in search of security and opportunity far from their troubled nations. While addressing this humanitarian crisis is the most pressing concern for Europe, the United States and the rest of the world community, political leaders must also look further into the future: Today’s migrant crisis is the bow wave of tomorrow’s security challenges. In the contemporary security environment, a peace settlement or the removal of a […]

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