By Nathalie Applewhite | managing director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Last month, Ellen Laipson, president emeritus of the Stimson Center and an expert in global policymaking, wrote an essay about a special issue of the New York Times Magazine called “Fractured Lands,” a manifestation of 18 months of reporting into why and how the Arab world collapsed.
According to the United Nations, every minute, 24 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. Worldwide, there are 65 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. It’s overwhelming to think about how much violence in the world there is to have that many refugees. To that end, the U.N. has recognized June 20 as World Refugee Day as a day to send a message to governments across the globe that they “must work together and do their fair share for refugees.”