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On the 23 November 2018, the Kaldor Centre hosted its fifth annual conference, entitled ‘Refugee Diplomacy: Negotiating protection in a changing world'’.  This keynote address was presented by Anne C Richard, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.  It is entitled 'The rise and fall of US diplomacy on refugees and migrants: Inside recent history'.

The Kaldor Centre Annual Conference brought together Australian, regional and global thinkers to explore the place of ‘refugee diplomacy’ in today’s turbulent world, and the interdependence of foreign and domestic policy agendas that impact refugees, asylum seekers and other forced migrants.

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

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Recorded: 23 November 2018

About the Speaker

Anne C Richard is a Centennial Fellow at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and is affiliated with its Institute for the Study of International Migration. She served as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration in the Obama Administration (2012–17). Previously, she was Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (2004–12). Earlier in her career, she served in other senior positions at the State Department, at Peace Corps Headquarters and at the US Office of Management and Budget. She enjoyed fellowships from Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Robert Bosch Foundation, and was a Presidential Management Intern. Ms Richard is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago.


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