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The world has witnessed periods of mass migrations so large that they have had influential impacts on the course of human history. The current movement of people around the globe is unprecedented in its scale and scope and will have lasting political, economic, and social consequences. It also presents a major policy challenge for international institutions and governments which have largely been ineffective. Looking ahead, the global climate will play an increasingly larger role in human mass migration as food and water sources are further stressed – making the challenge faced by global leaders all the more pressing.
John Doughty is Vice President and Director of Research at R.M. Davis, Inc., which he joined in 2002 as a Vice President. John earned his B.A. (cum laude) in History and Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. John also completed graduate course work in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the World Affairs Council of Maine, the Camden Conference, and serves on the board of trustees at the Maine Historical Society. John also serves on the Investment Committee of the Pine Tree Council.
Ali Al Mshakheel is an accomplished international journalist from Iraq. He has been a news producer and reporter for ABC's Baghdad Bureau, where he was nominated for two Emmy Awards in 2009. He also was a reporter for The Times of London, Japanese Daily Asahi Shimbun, an editor for Voices of Iraq News Agency and others, and most recently was the Public Information Officer for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq. He arrived in Portland, Maine from Baghdad with his wife and three young children in March, 2014. Ali works for the Portland Public Schools as a Parent/Community Specialist in the Multilingual and Multicultural Center.
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