Wilson Quarterly Fall 2021 Edition Humanity in Motion: Scenes from the Global Displacement Crisis
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WASHINGTON – What do the King of Jordan, the President of Colombia, Congressman Henry Cuellar and the Executive Director of UNICEF have in common? They all understand that human displacement is reshaping the world and they are each a contributor to the latest issue of The Wilson Quarterly. More than 82.4 million people worldwide are currently identified as a refugee, asylum seeker or internally displaced. The Fall 2021 issue brings fresh perspectives from world leaders, scientists, scholars, and journalists on the front lines of one of the most critical issues facing global governance and development today.
“Through this issue we are hoping to show the depth and breadth of the global human migration crisis and advance the conversation beyond the hot-button issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. We have reached a point where generations of children around the world have been displaced for their entire lives, a reality that has profound implications for us all,” says Stephanie Bowen, editor of the Wilson Quarterly. “By highlighting a diversity of voices, geographies and story formats, we hope that policymakers have a more complete understanding of human migration, and can therefore identify more effective solutions to an issue that is only going to get more complex over time.”
In this issue:
- King Abdullah II of Jordan The Forgotten Refugee Crisis Calls for Renewed Global Attention - With one of the largest refugee populations in the world, Jordan has experienced the challenges and opportunities that accompany the displaced. King Abdullah II of Jordan provides a compelling foreword to our issue
- Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia - A Commitment to Integration - More than five million Venezuelans have fled their country due to political discontent and poverty. Colombia has welcomed more than 1.7 million, and recently opened its doors to Afghan refugees. President Iván Duque Márquez tells us why, and what’s next.
- Rep. Henry Cuellar and Claudia Ruiz-Massieu - Mexico-U.S. Cooperation on Migration - The images from the U.S.-Mexico border have been shocking and the rhetoric fierce, but two leaders come together to offer solutions and help both of their countries navigate the rough waters ahead.
- A Conversation with David Beasley and Henrietta Fore - Generations are Being Lost to Displacement. That Can – and Must – Change.- Wilson Center President & CEO Mark Green talks with two of the most prominent leaders working with displaced populations around the world, David Beasley of the World Food Programme and Henrietta Fore of UNICEF.
- *Hallam Ferguson - The Long Road from Afghanistan to Albania - The recent population exodus from Afghanistan was a long time coming. Hallam Ferguson reflects on his time there while working with the International Republican Institute, and provides insightful analysis after reconnecting with old colleagues years later, now refugees, in Albania.
- John Thon Majok - Behind the Numbers: Humans in the Warehouse - John Thon Majok shares his experience as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. In the U.S. since 2001and now on staff at the Wilson Center, he offers key insights to the challenges and opportunities of being a refugee and caring for them.
- Elizabeth Ferris - Climate Migrants Can’t Wait for Global Frameworks - With more and more intense natural disasters, greater numbers of people will be displaced from their homes, bringing urgent needs with them.
- James Hollifield - Driven Out: Displacement and the Challenge of Forced Migration - James Hollifield provides a historical perspective to today’s migration crisis, reminding us that people on the move is not a new phenomenon.
- Ihlas Altinci, MD and Sarah B. Barnes - Creating Hope: A Physician Who Fled Syria’s War Builds a Haven for Other Women and Girls Displaced by Conflict. The Director of the Wilson Center’s Maternal Health Initiatives interviews Dr. Ihlas Alticini, a Syrian refugee now providing vital health services to refugees in Turkey.
- Kary Stewart - Endless Sands of Time: Four Generations of Sahrawi Women Cope with Conflict and Exile. - Journalist Kary Stewart tells the story of Nanaha and her family, an intimate portrayal of how prolonged human displacement can span generations – and shapes the worldview of those who are affected by it.
- Peter Schwartzstein - A Hot Dusty Crossroads: How Waves of Environment-Related Displacement are Transforming Rural – and Urban – Iraq - Rural Iraq is withering under a combined onslaught of environmental degradation and poor governance, and in few places is this more evident than among the fields and fast-expanding districts of peri-urban southern Baghdad.
- Jessica Leving Siegel - First Came the Floods: One Peruvian Town’s Refusal to Give Up in the Face of Climate Change - Journalist Jessica Leving Siegel brings us the story of Luis Chávez Rodriguez who rallied Boston University engineering students to help rebuild his devastated hometown, and what lies ahead for the area, situated near the dwindling rainforest.
Plus, In this issue’s interactive feature, Kayly Ober of Refugees International provides an overview of the human migration crisis, looking at the drivers – conflict and climate – the pathways upon which people embark to find a better future, and what it means to move inside your own country in search of safety and security.
Notes to editors:
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