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SWAC: Amb. Rick Barton: Endless Wars, Refugees, and the U.S. Role in a Turbulent World
Ambassador Barton will speak about the consequences of long-standing wars, including a growing population of refugees facing uncertainty and long periods of statelessness. He will also discuss the role the U.S. has played and can play in post-conflict reconstruction on the ground and in addressing the international challenges arising from these conflicts. As someone who worked at the heart of pioneering programming by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for countries in transition from violent conflict to sustainable peace, Ambassador Barton has both broad and deep insights into these topics.

Ambassador Barton is a U.S. diplomat, educator, and author. He was the founding Director of the Office of Transition Initiatives at the USAID. He was Deputy High Commissioner for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as well as the first Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Conflict and and Stabilization Operations at the U.S. Department of State. Currently a Lecturer at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs, he also is the co-director of the university’s Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative. At the Woodrow Wilson School he leads the Junior Task Forces that cover the prevention of conflict, post-war reconstruction, stabilization, and peace building. He is the author of Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World (Rowman&Littlefield: 2018).

Jan 26, 2021 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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