Johns Hopkins SAIS to host "Debating the Merits of the Trump Administration’s New Travel, Immigration and Refugee Ban," on Monday, April 10, 2017

“Debating the Merits of the Trump Administration’s New Travel, Immigration and Refugee Ban,” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
The panel discussion is a part of the Human Security Forum by the Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at Johns Hopkins SAIS. The initiative is led by FPI Senior Fellow Maureen White, who served as a senior advisor on Humanitarian Issues in the Office of the Special Representation to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013.
T. Alex Aleinikoff
Director of The Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility, The New School
George Biddle
Chairman of World Connect and former Executive Vice President of the International Rescue Committee
James Jay Carafano
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation
Danielle Pletka
Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, the American Enterprise Institute
Margaret Warner
Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, The PBS NewsHour
Time and Date
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Johns Hopkins SAIS

Kenney Herter Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of the working press can RSVP through the online registration form. Camera setup will only be permitted from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Media Contact
Stacy A. Anderson
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
202.853.7983 mobile
About the Speakers
T. Alexander Aleinikoff, the former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees, is a Senior Fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, where he works with the U.S. and International programs on asylum and migration and development topics. He is also University Professor at The New School, where he serves as Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. A leading scholar in immigration and refugee law, Aleinikoff has published numerous books and articles in the areas of immigration law policy, refugee law, citizenship, race, statutory interpretation, and constitutional law. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Yale Law School.
George C. Biddle is the chairman of World Connect, a global development organization that supports grassroots leaders to initiate their own sustainable and scalable community improvement projects. To date, World Connect has launched over 1,400 projects in more than 25 countries, often in partnership with the Peace Corps. From 2000 to 2015, Biddle was the executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a leading humanitarian organization that responds to conflict and natural disasters across the globe. He served as acting president from May to July 2002 and is now a member of the IRC’s board of directors. Prior to joining the IRC, Biddle was the vice president of the International Crisis Group, an organization that works through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. He was also president of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-cold war Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds an AB from Harvard and an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.
James Jay Carafano is The Heritage Foundation’s Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, E. W. Richardson Fellow, and Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies. Carafano is an accomplished historian and teacher as well as a prolific writer and researcher. His most recent publication is an e-book, Surviving the End, which addresses emergency preparedness. He also authored Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World (Texas A&M University Press, 2012), a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security. He was selected from thousands to speak on cyber warfare at the 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas, the nation’s premier tech and social media conference. Carafano, a 25-year Army veteran with a master’s and doctorate from Georgetown University, joined the Heritage Foundation in 2003 as a senior research fellow in homeland security and missile defense. He worked with Kim R. Holmes, his predecessor as vice president and director of Davis Institute, to produce Heritage’s groundbreaking documentary film “33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.”
Danielle Pletka is senior vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she oversees the institute’s work on foreign and defense issues. She writes regularly on national security matters with a special focus on the Middle East and South Asia. Before joining AEI, Pletka was a longtime senior professional staff member for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, where she was the point person on the Middle East and South Asia. Pletka is the co-editor of Dissent and Reform in the Arab World: Empowering Democrats (AEI Press, 2008), the co-author of Containing and Deterring a Nuclear Iran (AEI Press, 2011) the co-author of Iranian influence in the Levant, Egypt, Iraq, and Afghanistan (AEI Press, 2012), and America vs. Iran: The competition for the future of the Middle East  (AEI Press 2014). She most recently authored “America in Decline” for the book Debating the Obama Presidency (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). Pletka has appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” and NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” She has been published in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, and Politico. She has an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA from Smith College.
Margaret Warner is Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, reporting on and analyzing U.S. foreign policy and developments abroad. After founding NewsHour’s Overseas Reporting Unit, Warner began producing in-depth reports on areas in crisis – including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, China and Korea. Her reporting spanned each country’s politics and military conflicts, as well as the plight of its women and refugees. Warner’s coverage of Pakistan won her a coveted Emmy Award in 2007, as well as the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting from Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Warner came to the PBS NewsHour in 1993 after nearly two decades as a print reporter, at Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. A Yale graduate and former fellow of the Yale Corporation, she serves on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations and Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
About The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI)
The Foreign Policy Institute (FPI) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) seeks to advance practically oriented research and discussion about foreign policy. To this end, it organizes research initiatives and study groups, and hosts leaders from around the world as resident or non-resident fellows in fields including international policy, business, journalism, and academia.
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
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