Big Bets & Black Swans: A Presidential Briefing Book - Manage the Impact of Climate Change

Elizabeth Ferris is the co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and a senior fellow in Foreign Policy, where her work encompasses a wide range of issues related to internal displacement, humanitarian action, natural disasters and climate change. Her book, The Politics of Protection, examines the challenges — and limitations — of protecting vulnerable populations from the ravages of war and natural disasters. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    [Gaza] is one of the most densely-populated areas on earth. People are trapped. There's no place to go except with friends and relatives or these UN facilities that are less and less safe for people.

    August 4, 2014, Elizabeth Ferris, Southern California Public Radio
  • In the News

    [Syria] is the world's largest humanitarian crisis...In so short a time so many people displaced within Syria.

    December 1, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris
  • In the News

    One of the most important lessons for the world to draw from the [Thypoon Haiyan] situation is that, given the reality of climate change, all governments are going to have to invest more in planning for responding to these huge disasters, even if it means taking difficult political decisions.

    November 18, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, Deutsche Well (Germany)
  • In the News

    While international agencies are becoming increasingly aware of gender issues in the distribution of relief items, there are still cases where aid is distributed only to male heads of families, relief items are too heavy for women to carry, or where aid is distributed to women but they are vulnerable to being robbed on their way home.

    November 15, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, Devex
  • In the News

    The international community should support Turkey [respond to the Syrian refugee crisis], but the Turkish government should also be more open to NGOs and international institutions. 

    November 14, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, Taraf (Turkey)
  • In the News

    There are always unique circumstances in these disasters [like Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines]. It’s hard to prepare for these really big storms.

    November 11, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, New York Times
  • In the News

    [The outbreak of polio] is clear evidence of the collapse of the health care system in Syria and the terrible humanitarian consequences.

    November 1, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, World Politics Review
  • In the News

    We know people are going to be forced to leave their homes because of climate change...People are just ignoring it in the United States.

    October 11, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, The Toronto Star
  • In the News

    [A presidential statement on humanitarian issues] is a step forward, but a resolution would be much stronger.

    October 1, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, Devex
  • In the News

    A country like Lebanon that only has four million people is looking at having one million registered (Syrian) refugees by the end of the year…How much more can a country like Lebanon be expected to do in terms of receiving refugees?

    September 24, 2013, Elizabeth Ferris, CNBC

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