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Keith David Watenpaugh
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Keith David Watenpaugh is Associate Director of the UC Davis Human Rights Initiative and is currently in Lebanon directing a joint project supported by the Carnegie Corporation with the Institute of International Education to study the impact of the war on refugee Syrian university students. His book Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism is forthcoming from University of California Press.

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A New Front in the War on ISIL: Syria's Lost Generation of University Students

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 5:10 PM

Using the Arabic acronym for ISIL, Dr. Ammar Ibrahim, a refugee university professor from Aleppo, put the dilemma of Syria's Lost Generation of educated young people in the starkest terms possible: "Either" young Syrian men "return to university or they will join the Da'ish."

He told me this while we...

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Struggling to Save a Generation of Syrian School Children on the Second Shift

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 1:48 PM

As I visited a "second shift" school for Syrian refugee children in a neighborhood at the edge of Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli; students would stand at attention when I entered the classroom and greet me in unison. The children I saw are just a fraction of the vast Syrian...

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Mr. President: Share The Armenian Orphan Carpet With The American People

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 12:15 PM

Black and white photographs from the 1920s reveal the beauty of a carpet made by Armenian orphans at a refugee camp workshop in Lebanon and presented to President Calvin Coolidge as a gift. But unless President Barack Obama changes his mind, as a petition...

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