Søren Jessen-Petersen

Søren Jessen-Petersen, PhD

James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies
International Relations
International Law and Organizations
International Development

SAIS Europe

Expertise

Regions
  • Kosovo
Topics
  • United Nations
Languages
  • Danish
  • Italian

Background and Education

Professor Jessen-Petersen has served as Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Kosovo and Under Secretary-General of UNMIK; was also the European Union Special Representative in Skopje, Macedonia, the Chairman of the European Union Stability Pact's Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) and Chair of the MARRI Steering Committee; also served as Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Director of the UNHCR Liaison Office at UN Headquarters in New York, High Commissioner’s Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia, Chef de Cabinet of the High Commissioner for Refugees at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva and Director of External Relations at UNHCR Headquarters.

Publications: Has authored numerous publications, the most recent is "Kosovo," in J. Genser and Bruno Stagno Ugarte (eds) The United Nations Security Council in the Age of Human Rights (2014)


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Fall 2017 
Migration is on...
Migration is one of the biggest challenges in the 21st century. How we manage population movements in the interest of both state and human security is becoming increasingly important. Migration, whether forced or voluntary or, increasingly, mixed, is linked with other pressing issues such as conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, development, human rights, trade and climate change. Reflecting the linkages must be an integral part of a better management of migration.
 
How should states go about addressing these challenges while at the same time ensuring the protection of migrants, many of whom are fleeing violent conflicts? What are the security threats posed by international mobility? To what extent do migration laws, policies and practices make democratic societies vulnerable to security risks? What are the rights and responsibilities of people on themove? How do we maximize the benefits and reduce the risks of migration? How can migration policies best balance the frequently competing interests of facilitation and control, security and protection? What is the role of the United Nations (Security Council, humanitarian, human rights and development organizations) as well as regional organizations in addressing security and human rights issues arising from and affecting mass movements of people? What is the role of the public and civil society as well as the media in influencing policies around the management of population movements? (Crossed listed International Relations/International Development) (IL)
November 12, 2016 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed on Information in an article entitled "Tidligere topdiplomat om Ban Ki-moon-sag: 'Det er ikke bare uheldigt. Det er helt forkert' (in Danish)."

March 7, 2016 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed on Kristeligt Dagblad in an article entitled "EU styrer mod lappeløsning i flygtningekrise (in Danish)."

January 7, 2016 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed by DR in an article entitled "Ekskommisær om FN-kritik: Meget usædvanlig og meget alvorlig (in Danish)."

November 14, 2015 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed in Information in an article entitled "Tidligere topdiplomat: Asyludspil er 'ren desperation' (in Danish)."

October 7, 2015 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed on Djoefbladet.dk in an article entitled "Har forhandlet med djævlen (in Danish)."

September 10, 2015 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed by Jyllands-Posten in an article entitled "Dansk flygtningeekspert: Krisen er blevet grebet katastrofalt dårligt an (in Danish)."

September 7, 2015 
Søren Jessen-P...

Søren Jessen-Petersen, James Anderson Adjunct Professor of Migration and Security Studies, is interviewed by Information in an article entitled "Man kunne på en eftermiddag lave et program, der kunne modvirke flygtningekrisen (in Danish)."