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The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria

June 24, 2020



From: 9:00 am – 11:00 am EST, 4:00 pm-6:00 pm (Amman, Baghdad, Beirut)

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  • Undoubtedly, the largest burden of the conflict in Syria has fallen onto Syrian shoulders. However, Syria’s neighbors have also been troubled by the brutal conflict. They have braved massive demographic, economic, and social shocks that would challenge even the most advanced economies in the world. 

    With persistent delays in the resolution of the conflict, and absent a swift economic recovery in Syria, the conflict-driven challenges in Mashreq are increasingly becoming protracted. This session aims to shed light on the mechanisms through which the conflict in Syria has manifested its impact on the economic and social outcomes in Iraq, Jordan, and Lebanon. It will also consider how these effects may evolve in the future and what can be done at national and international levels to promote stability and prosperity in the region.

    Format of the session

    The session will feature a presentation about the new World Bank report The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria, which was produced with support from the governments of Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and from UNHCR, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

  • Brussels Time



    3:00 PM – 3:05 PM

    Opening by Session Host

    Saroj Kumar Jha, World Bank Director for the Mashreq Region

    3:05 PM - 3:20 PM

    Keynote Address

    Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the MENA Region

    Olivér Várhelyi, EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement


    3:20 PM - 3:35 PM

    Presentation of the “The Fallout of War

    Harun Onder, Lead author of the report, World Bank

    Haneen Sayed, Lead Social Protection and Jobs Specialist, World Bank

    3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

    Panel Discussion


    - Raouf Mazou, Assistant High Commissioner for Operations, UNHCR


    - H.E. Zeina Akar, Deputy Prime Minister, Lebanon

    - H.E. Wissam Rabadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan

    - H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States

    - Richard Albright Deputy Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State

    4:25 PM - 4:50 PM



    4:50 PM – 5:00 PM

    Closing Remarks

    Mark Bryson Richardson, Director, Middle East, North Africa and eastern Europe, DFID