From Exodus to Action: Claiming our Common Humanity in the Refugee Crisis

Keynote Address by Secretary Albright
Albright Dialogue Panel I The Refugee Crisis: History, Ethics, and Current Context
Albright Dialogue Panel II: Beyond Resettlement A Paradigm Shift to Meet Full Need

10:15 AM - 10:45 AM Keynote Address 
Madeleine K. Albright '59

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Panel I
The Refugee Crisis: History, Ethics, and Current Context

Moderator -- Deborah Amos
Haki Abazi
Madeleine K. Albright '59
Asmaa Albukaie
Helena de Bres
Joanna Kakissis
Richard Parker

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Panel II
Beyond Resettlement: A Paradigm Shift to Meet Full Need

Moderator -- Deborah Amos
Madeleine K. Albright '59
Nadya Hajj
Gerald Knaus
Manal Omar
George Papandreou
Anne Richard


  • Madeleine Korbel Albright, U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)
    Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59: Diplomat, Global Leader, Visionary (1937-2022)
  • Deborah Amos, International Correspondent, NPR News
    Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News and is reporting on refugee resettlement in the U.S. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
  • Haki Abazi, Director, Pivotal Place: Western Balkans, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
    Haki Abazi has over 15 years of experience in designing and managing development programs in Western Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe, Afghanistan, and Indonesia
  • Asmaa Albukaie, Case Manager, Agency For New Americans
    In 2014, Asmaa Albukaie became the first Syrian refugee in Idaho.
  • Helena de Bres, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College
    Helena de Bres received her PhD in Philosophy from MIT and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Program on Global Justice.
  • Nadya Hajj, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
    Nadya Hajj is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies at Wellesley College.
  • Joanna Kakissis, Reporter, NPR
    Joanna Kakissis is a journalist based in Athens, Greece.
  • Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative; Mercator-IPC Senior Fellow
    Gerald Knaus is ESI's founding chairman.
  • Manal Omar, Associate Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, United States Institute for Peace
    Manal Omar is the associate vice president for the Middle East and Africa Center. Previously, she was regional program manager for the Middle East for Oxfam - Great Britain, where she responded to humanitarian crises in Palestine and Lebanon.
  • George Papandreou, President, Socialist International; Greek Prime Minister (2009-2011)
    George Papandreou is Former Prime Minister of Greece, current President of Socialist International and Co-Chair of the Democratic Alignment, a coalition of the center-left parties in Greece, composed by the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), the Democratic Left and the Movement of Socialists and Democrats.
  • Richard Parker, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School
    Richard Parker is a Lecturer in Public Policy and Senior Fellow of the Shorenstein Center.
  • Anne C. Richard, Centennial Fellow and Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University
    The Honorable Anne C. Richard served as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration in the Obama Administration (2012-2017).
  • Inela Selimović, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College
    Inela Selimović holds B.A. degree from the University of the South-Sewanee and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky.