The United States and the European Refugee Crisis: Standing with Allies

15 Pages Posted: 23 May 2016

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Michael Ignatieff

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Juliette Keeley

Harvard University

Betsy Ribble

Harvard University

Keith McCammon

Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA)

Date Written: May 18, 2016

Abstract

The US-European relationship remains a cornerstone of American security and prosperity. It is never in America’s interest to remain a bystander when Europe’s cohesion is under threat. The refugee crisis in Europe is such a threat. This report outlines a strategy for American leadership to help Europe turn this crisis into an opportunity by providing American help in refugee resettlement, aid to the front line states in the Middle East, and co-operation with European allies to secure Europe’s maritime borders and save refugee lives. This report, prepared by a team from the Harvard Kennedy School for the Richard Holbrooke Forum on Diplomacy at the American Academy in Berlin, builds on the conclusions of a joint meeting with the Brookings Institution on the European Refugee Crisis held in Washington, DC in February 2016. It also supplements an earlier report, by the same team, published by the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School in January 2016.

Suggested Citation

Ignatieff, Michael and Keeley, Juliette and Ribble, Betsy and McCammon, Keith, The United States and the European Refugee Crisis: Standing with Allies (May 18, 2016). HKS Working Paper No. 16-020. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2782480 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2782480

Michael Ignatieff (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Juliette Keeley

Harvard University

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Betsy Ribble

Harvard University

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Keith McCammon

Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA)

79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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