With world displacement at record levels and millions of people at risk of famine, the Trump administration has sent conflicting signals on U.S. engagement. On the one hand, the United States has continued to lead in assistance to promote food security and prevent famine, and officials such as U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley have expressed support for overseas efforts to aid refugees and displaced persons. On the other hand, the administration has not appeared to take strong action to address some of the conflicts that have given rise to food security challenges and displacement, such as in South Sudan. Further, Congress has led legislative efforts initiating humanitarian aid this year, while the administration has proposed significant cuts to aid.
Eric Schwartz, president, Refugees International
Richard Fontaine, president, Center for a New American Security
Victoria Holt, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
Hardin Lang, senior fellow, Center for American Progress
Date: July 27, 2017
When: 10:00 - 11:15 AM
Where: Center for American Progress