Roberta Cohen

Roberta Cohen is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, specializing in human rights and humanitarian issues, and a leading expert on internally displaced persons. From 1994-2010, she served as principal adviser to the Representatives of the UN Secretary-General on IDPs, Francis Deng and Walter Kalin, and co-founded the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement, which she co-directed for more than a decade. She is also a Senior Associate at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration. She co-authored the first major study on internal displacement, Masses in Flight: The Global Crisis of Internal Displacement, and organized and participated in the process leading to the development of the first international standards for IDPs, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement. Together with Deng, she won the Grawmeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order; in December 2006, the Forced Migration Review (Oxford) devoted a special issue to her work. She is the author of numerous articles on internally displaced persons, has served on US Delegations to the UN Commission on Human Rights, General Assembly and OSCE and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights in the State Department.

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