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Maggie Powers

Associate Director, Columbia Global Policy Initiative

Maggie Powers is the Associate Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and a member of the International Migration Project. The International Migration Project is a multi-year joint venture undertaken in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration. The project aims to develop a new migration agenda for the coming decade. Maggie undertakes initial research for the project’s engagement with key academic stakeholders, facilitates commissioned research, and organizes workshops and an events to bring academic and policy experts on migration together and to push the project’s agenda forward. She also identifies possible donors and prepares funding proposals in coordination with Columbia University entities.

Maggie has also researched the normative evolution of the Responsibility to Protect at the United Nations and the impact of the 2011 Libyan intervention on the norm’s development. She completed an empirical study tracking member-state usage of Responsibility to Protect in the Security Council  from 2005-2014. This research was published in “The Responsibility to Protect After Libya” on (June 24, 2014) and in The International Journal of Human Rights (October 2015).

Maggie is a graduate of Columbia University with an M.A. in Human Rights Studies and Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in political science and international relations. 

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