On April 13, 2016, the Kozmetsky Center hosted a conference on Comparative Global/Regional Migration & Displacement Challenges: Exploring Security & Moral Dimensions in Forming Policy & Civic Responses, with panels considering the academic and policy dimensions of contemporary migration challenges from a comparative perspective, focusing particularly on issues and case studies in Europe, Eurasia, and U.S.-Mexico/Central America. Experts presented research findings from these regions and considered the moral and security dimensions of migration management. Speakers included St. Edward’s and University of Texas, Austin faculty as well as other distinguished experts of the United States, Europe, and Eurasia. This was the second conference event on transatlantic security funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program grant in cooperation with the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas, Austin.

Speakers included Dr. Petra Weyland, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies; Dr. Ioannis Papageorgiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Dr. Magdalena Lesinska, University of Warsaw; Dr. Katrina Burgess, Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University; Dr. Amy Liu, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. James Hollifield, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Mario Nicolini, Parliament of the World’s Religions – Slovakia; Charles Porter, St. Edward’s University; Fr. Louis Brusatti, St. Edward’s University; and Dr. Edward Williams, University of Arizona. Dr. Sharyl Cross of the Kozmetsky Center moderated the event.

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Dr. Petra Weyland, Professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, discusses the German response to the migration and refugee crisis.

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Dr. James Hollifeld discusses challenges in forming policy responses to address migration challenges in Europe.

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Dr. Amy Liu, Assistant Professor, University of Texas, and Dr. Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

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Dr. James Hollifeld discusses challenges in forming policy responses to address migration challenges in Europe.

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Professor James Hollifeld, Director of the Tower Center SMU & Wilson Global Policy Fellow, delivers the keynote address.

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Fr. Louis Brusatti, Director, Center of Religion and Culture at St. Edward's University, considers Pope Francis’ perspective on migration and displacement.

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Dr. Magdalena Lesinska, University of Warsaw, discusses migration pressures in Poland resulting from instability in Ukraine--