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U.S. Leadership and the Global Refugee Crisis

September 13, 2018 - 11:30am to 4:30pm

U.S. Leadership and the Global Refugee Crisis

The United States has historically been a global leader in protecting refugees and promoting their rights. As the world faces the worst refugee crisis since World War II, it is critical that the United States lead in addressing this issue by protecting and supporting refugees abroad and at home, and encouraging and persuading other nations to do so as well.

Please join Human Rights First and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) for an afternoon discussion on how humanitarian, rights-respecting approaches to the refugee crisis support U.S. interests. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will highlight an accomplished group of former government officials and national security experts who will address the strategic implications of U.S. refugee policies.

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11:30 – 12:15             Lunch

12:15 – 12:30             Welcome and Introduction

  • Betsy Fisher, Policy Director, International Refugee Assistance Project
  • Scott Cooper, Director of National Security Outreach, Human Rights First

12:30 – 1:00               Opening Address

  • Kelly Clements, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

1:00 – 2:00                 Panel One: U.S. Leadership, Refugees, and National Security

  • Deborah Amos, Moderator, Journalist, NPR News
  • Antony Blinken, Former Deputy Secretary of State
  • Dr. Kathleen Hicks, Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Barbara Strack, Former Chief, Refugee Affairs Division, US Citizenship and Immigration Services

2:00 – 2:15                 Break

2:15 – 3:15                 Panel Two: The Middle East and Beyond

  • James Traub, Moderator, Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy
  • Dr. Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, Director of the University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll
  • Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Former Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon
  • Ambassador Anne Patterson, Former U.S. Ambassador and Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs

3:15 – 3:30                 Break

3:30 – 3:45                 Remarks and Introduction

  • Eleanor Acer, Senior Director, Refugee Protection, Human Rights First

3:45 – 4:30                 Keynote Discussion

  • Madeleine Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
  • David Miliband, Former Foreign Secretary, United Kingdom; President and CEO, International Rescue Committee


Thursday September 13
11:30 AM—4:30 PM
Offices of Jones Day
300 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Lunch will be Provided