Saving Lives, Securing Interests: Reflections on Humanitarian Response and U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted by Eric P. Schwartz
September 29, 2011

I had the opportunity yesterday to speak at the U.S. Institute of Peace with former U.N. Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean Marie Guehenno and Ambassador George Moose to talk about the challenges ahead in addressing humanitarian crises around the world. The job of the State Department bureau I lead -- the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) -- is to provide protection and solutions to the world's most vulnerable people: refugees, conflict victims, stateless persons, and vulnerable migrants, and to do so by integrating diplomacy, advocacy and humanitarian assistance programs. In this effort, we seek to help realize the commitments of President Obama and Secretary Clinton to alleviate human suffering and create the conditions for sustainable recovery, and to build a more effective multilateral system for humanitarian response. To read the remarks from yesterday, please click here.

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