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Joseph Cassidy

Former Fellow


September 1, 2016 — July 1, 2017

Professional affiliation

Former Director for Policy, Regional, and Functional Organizations, International Organizations Bureau, U.S. Department of State

Wilson Center Projects

Revisiting International Refugee Law


Major Publications

“Focus on Refugee Resettlement 'Success' to Enhance Debate,” The Hill, February 12, 2018

Six Ways to Know if State Department Reform is Real or Fake,” The Hill, August 16, 2017

What We Need to Fix Once the Mueller Investigation is Done and Dusted,” Newsweek, July 23, 2017

When This Part is Over – America Post the Russia Investigation,” Just Security, July 21, 2017

"Refugees are Critical to Nation Building after Wars and Disasters," Refugees Deeply, June 23, 2017

"Focus on Refugee Skills to Move Beyond Arguments about Resettlement," Forced Migration Forum, June 16, 2017

"The 21st Public Square: Protecting Online Comments from Manipulation and Disruption," Just Security, June 1, 2017

"How to fix fractured politics? For starters, watch hockey," The Hill, May 6, 2017

"Visa and Politics in the Age of Trump," Just Security, March 14, 2017

"The Common Ground on Refugee Resettlement and Security," New Security BeatFebruary 17, 2017

"Was Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Intentionally Malevolent or Merely Incompetent: Why Process Matters When You’re Making Policy," Foreign Policy, January 31, 2017

Retooling U.S. Foreign Policy to Confront 21st-Century Threats,” The Wilson Center's New Security Beat blog, January 17, 2017

"How to Be a Loyal State Department Bureaucrat in the Trump Administration and Keep a Clear Conscience," Foreign Policy, December 14, 2016

"U.S. Foreign Policy Architecture for the 21st Century," Italian Journal of Geopolitics Limes, November 28, 2016

"Eight Misguided Arguments on Refugees and Terrorism," The National Interest, October 17, 2016

"Are Obama's Syria Dissenters Right?," Real Clear World, July 14, 2016

"The Syria Dissent Channel Message Means The System Is Working," Foreign Policy, June 19, 2016

Ten Ways to Fix America’s Ailing State Department,” Foreign Policy, July 20, 2015

Previous Terms


Global Fellow, August 1, 2017 — August 31, 2019