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On the 24 November 2017, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fourth annual conference ‘The Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration’. Professor Elizabeth Ferris presented the opening keynote address entitled 'Negotiating two new Global Compacts: Processes, politics and problems'.

A full program, along with conference papers and presentations, can be found here.

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Recorded: 24 November 2017

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Ferris is a Research Professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and also serves as a Non-resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. From January–September 2016, she also served as Senior Advisor to the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York. From 2006–2015, she was a Senior Fellow and co-director of the Brookings–LSE Project on Internal Displacement where she worked to support understanding and protection of internally displaced persons. Prior to joining Brookings, she spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. She also served as the director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program, as research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden and as a Fulbright professor at the Universidad Autónoma de México. Her teaching experience has included positions at Lafayette College, Miami University and Pembroke State University. She has written extensively on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues, including The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) and, most recently, Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect, with Kemal Kirsici (Brookings Institution Press, 2016). She received her BA degree from Duke University and her MA and PhD degrees from the University of Florida.


The Kaldor Centre plays a vital role in developing legal, sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people around the world.