The Middle East Institute, The Foundation for Middle East Peace, and American Near East Refugee Aid PresentIn Conflict's ShadowThe Humanitarian Crisis for Palestinians in Lebanon and Gaza FeaturingPaul Butler, ANERA Country Director for the West Bank & GazaandSamar El Yassir, ANERA Country Director for LebanonModerated byAmb. Philip Wilcox, Foundation for Middle East Peace Thursday, October 1012:00pm-1:15pm Middle East InstituteBoardman Room1761 N Street, NWWashington, DC 20036The Middle East Institute, in collaboration with the Foundation for Middle East Peace and America Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), is pleased to welcome Paul Butler, ANERA country director for the West Bank and Gaza, and Samar El Yassir, ANERA country director for Lebanon, for a discussion about the humanitarian crisis faced by Palestinian refugees in Gaza and Lebanon in the wake of ongoing turmoil in Syria and Egypt. The crackdown on tunnels and closure of the border between Gaza and Egypt is once again causing massive shortages of food, oil, and other basic supplies. The fighting in Syria has sent millions of people seeking refuge across the borders. More than 90,000 Palestinians are taking shelter in the already overcrowded, dismal refugee camps in Lebanon. ANERA's country directors from the West Bank/Gaza and Lebanon will provide an update on humanitarian conditions in both areas, as well as what is being done to address them. Paul Butler will talk about the impact of Egypt's political upheaval on Gaza. Samar El Yassir will talk about the worsening conditions for refugees pouring into Lebanon from Syria, and particularly the Palestinians who are often neglected by international relief efforts. For 45 years, ANERA has provided humanitarian and development assistance to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan. Bios:Paul Butler is ANERA's country director for West Bank/Gaza (since 2011). Before joining ANERA, Butler served as regional director for the Middle East and Caucasus for Bridging the Divide, developing programs in Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. He also served as country director for Mercy Corps and Catholic Relief Services in Iraq, West Bank/Gaza, and India, and as a program manager and assistant country representative in the Balkans and West Bank/Gaza. Earlier in his career, Butler directed the Gaza office of Catholic Relief Services in 1998.Samar El Yassir has been ANERA's Lebanon Country Director since 2011. Previously, she managed programs for the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) and Impact. She is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and has a post-graduate diploma from the University of London's Institute of Child health.Amb. Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. is president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Mr. Wilcox retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1997 after a 31-year career. He served as press attaché in Vientiane, Laos, political and economic-commercial officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, and chief of the Economic-Commercial Section in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His last overseas assignment was as chief of mission and consul general in Jerusalem. Ambassador Wilcox served as special assistant to the undersecretary for management, deputy director for U.N. political affairs in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs and as director for regional affairs in the Bureau for Middle Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He also held the positions of director for Israeli and Arab-Israeli affairs and deputy assistant secretary of state for Middle Eastern affairs.