Humanitarian Diplomacy and Public Service: Refugee Issues in Africa and Humanitarian Diplomacy on a Global Level

A lecture and discussion with Dr. Reuben Brigety II, the Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the US Department of State.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Reuben E. Brigety, II is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. In this capacity, he supervises US refugee programs in Africa, assisting over 11 million people, manages US multilateral humanitarian diplomacy, and oversees the development of international migration policy.

Before being named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration in 2009, Dr. Reuben Brigety, II served as Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress, where his work focused on the role of development assistance in U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national security, human rights and humanitarian affairs.

From January 2007 to January 2008, Dr. Brigety served as a special assistant in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. In 2008, he was the Deputy Director of the Humanitarian Policy Committee of the Obama for America Campaign. Prior to that, between 2003 and 2008, Dr. Brigety held appointments as an assistant professor of international affairs at American University’s School of International Service and George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs.

Before entering academia, Dr. Brigety was a researcher with the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW). He served on HRW research missions in Afghanistan in March 2002 and in Iraq in April and May of 2003. He also served as HRW's coordinator for crisis management during the Iraq war and as an HRW delegate to the Convention on Conventional Weapons negotiations in Geneva.

Dr. Brigety was an active duty U.S. naval officer before joining HRW, and held several staff positions in the Pentagon and in fleet support units. He is a distinguished midshipman graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science (with merit), served as the brigade commander, and received the Thomas G. Pownall Scholarship. Dr. Brigety also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge (Cantab).


Cost : Free and open to the public; Pay-by-space and all-day ($10) Parking available.

For more information please contact:

African Studies CenterTel: 310-825-3686

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, Working Group in Migration Studies.