Roberta Cohen

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement

Area of interest: Human rights; humanitarian and refugee issues; internal displacement; North Korea.

Roberta Cohen is a nonresident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings. The co-founder and former co-director of the Project on Internal Displacement, Cohen is a specialist in human rights, humanitarian and refugee issues, and a leading expert on internally displaced persons and on human rights conditions in North Korea.

She is also Co-Chair of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, a US-based advocacy group. For more than a decade, she co-directed the Brookings Project on Internal Displacement and served as Senior Adviser to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons. For her work on forcibly displaced populations, she co-won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order and the DACOR (State Department Ret.) Fiftieth Anniversary Award for Exemplary Writing on Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy.

Ms. Cohen served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and senior adviser on US delegations to the UN. She has published books and numerous articles in the human rights and humanitarian area.

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