The Crisis of Refugees
Apr 05, 2017
Robert McKenzie
The Crisis of Refugees

A nonresident senior fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, Dr. McKenzie is an expert in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with 15 years of research and work experience for the US government, private sector and academia. An expert in displaced persons and refugee resettlement he has extensive experience working with Muslim communities in the United States. He also focuses on policies for MENA societies in transition, seeking to understand the effects of large-scale forced migration and protracted displacement. Dr. McKenzie has been an adjunct lecturer at Wayne State University in Detroit, a researcher at the American University in Cairo and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. His latest book project, expected in May 2017, explores humanitarian assistance to refugee situations in the MENA. In his most recent government position, Dr. McKenzie served as senior advisor for countering violent extremism (CVE) at the US Department of State, developing global initiatives in education and youth engagement, sports and cultural diplomacy, and support for terrorism victims. Previously, he was project director for the establishment of the Hedayah Center in Abu Dhabi, devoted to training, dialogue, collaboration and research on CVE. Dr. McKenzie has written for, appeared on or been cited by: The Baltimore Sun, Bloomberg View, The Brookings Cafeteria Podcast, CNN, The Detroit Free Press, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Guardian, The New York Times, Share Radio, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. Born and raised in the Greater Detroit area, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Michigan State University, a Master's Degree in Security Studies and a graduate certificate in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.‚Äč