Holidays 2018 Update

Ambassador Ryan Crocker discusses protecting soft networks with Steve Miska at the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) Annual Summit on November 13
Dear Soft Network Advocates,

We hope you had a warm and meaningful Thanksgiving. At SPSN, our November was filled with numerous exciting developments for both our own efforts and our partners.

On November 13, SPSN was featured as a keynote partner at the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) annual summit. SPSN principal investigator Steve Miska interviewed Amb. Ryan Crocker on the importance of protecting soft networks and the viability of current protection measures. Crocker drew on his experience as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan to explain how critical our local national allies are to mission success and the pitfalls of failing to protect them from harm. The summit audience expressed great interest in the issue and asked Amb. Crocker insightful and interesting questions. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this forum and are grateful to ISOA for allowing us to do so.

Becca Heller, IRAP co-founder and executive director and 2018 MacArthur Fellow
We wish to extend our congratulations to Ms. Becca Heller, co-founder and executive director for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) on being named a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. The MacArthur Fellowship is awarded to individuals “who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.” Becca Heller is being recognized for “mobilizing the resources of law schools and law firms to defend the rights of refugees and improve protection outcomes for many of the world’s most at-risk populations.” Her work and IRAP’s work are vital to SPSN’s overarching goal of providing meaningful support to refugees and our local-national partners alike as they migrate to the United States. Congratulations Becca!

Thank you for supporting our work in strategically protecting soft networks. We hope you have a lovely holiday season and we look forward to sharing more exciting updates as our research progresses.

The SPSN Team


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