The Middle East uprisings and political transitions that began in 2011 have raised questions about political pluralism and support for religious freedom. Over the past several years in the region, some of the oldest Christian communities in the world have faced new challenges resulting from changes in the security, political, legal, and social environment. In places like Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and the Palestinian territories, the conditions have motivated Christians to emigrate.
Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion of the main drivers of these changes, what the trends mean for the Middle East and Christians living in the region, and what the United States and the international community can do.
Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
Hisham Melhem, Washington DC Bureau Chief, Al Arabiya News Channel
James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute
Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
A light lunch will be served at 11:30am.