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Episode14April 23, 2019

Bonus: What it takes to succeed after displacement

Ravi interviews his father about his journey from Burma to India and how his experience of displacement shaped the rest of his life.

About Displaced

The world is facing the largest displacement crisis since World War II as numerous humanitarian emergencies rage on. In Season 2 of Displaced, Grant Gordon and Ravi Gurumurthy from the International Rescue Committee take a deep dive on three major themes: the future of war, refugee resettlement, and displacement from climate change. Read more

If you're new to Displaced, start listening with our conversations with Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and Homeland actor Mandy Patinkin.

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Season 1 archive

January 18, 2019

Announcing Season Two of Displaced

Episode1January 22, 2019

The future of war: Robert Malley on the three conflicts to watch this year

Episode2January 29, 2019

The future of war: Autonomous weapons, AI, and cyberwarfare

Episode3February 5, 2019

The future of war: Documenting human rights violations in Yemen

Episode4February 12, 2019

The future of war: When civilians are targeted during conflict

Episode5February 19, 2019

Refugee resettlement: Using data to improve the system

Episode6February 26, 2019

Refugee resettlement: A conversation with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Episode7March 5, 2019

Refugee resettlement: Perspectives from an IRC caseworker

Episode8March 12, 2019

Refugee resettlement: Minister Ahmed Hussen explains the Canadian model

Episode9March 19, 2019

Climate change: Climate change displacement is happening now

Episode10March 26, 2019

Climate change: How global warming exacerbates conflict

Episode11April 2, 2019

How local communities can build resilience to climate change

Episode12April 9, 2019

Climate change: Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson on climate justice

Episode13April 16, 2019

Bonus: Complicating narratives with documentary photographer Glenna Gordon

Episode14April 23, 2019

Bonus: What it takes to succeed after displacement


About Season 2

Season 2 of Displaced takes a deep dive on three major themes: the future of war, refugee resettlement, and displacement from climate change. Each theme will explain the current landscape, examine the implications for crisis and displacement, dive into the innovative solutions for these issues, and talk with those most affected by these changes.

The Future of War

What is technology’s impact on war? How can humanitarians respond in an age when they and civilians are increasingly the target of war? The Future of War will examine the ways in which war is changing and their implications for humanitarian crisis.  

Refugee Resettlement

How does refugee resettlement work today? What are the challenges it brings? And how can we radically improve the experience — both for refugees and the countries that host them?

Climate Change and Displacement

Climate change is already one of the biggest humanitarian threats and it will continue to fuel crisis and displacement around the world. We’ll unpack the existing evidence on how climate change affects conflict and analyze the long-term implications for how we think about and respond to displacement.

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Opinions and views expressed by guests are their own and do not reflect those of the International Rescue Committee.


About the hosts

Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon

Ravi Gurumurthy is the chief innovation officer and head of the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee.  

Prior to joining the IRC as vice president of strategy and innovation in 2013, Ravi spent 15 years in the government of the United Kingdom, holding a number of senior roles in social, environmental and foreign policy. From 2007 to 2010 he was the strategic advisor and speech writer to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, David Miliband. From 2010 to 2013, Ravi was the director of strategy and head of the Office of Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ravi began his career at the U.K. think tank, Demos.

Grant Gordon is a policymaker and political scientist who specializes in humanitarian intervention.

He’s the director of innovation strategy of the Airbel Center at the IRC and has worked on humanitarian and development policy for the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the U.N. Office of Humanitarian Coordination, the U.N. Refugee Agency, as well as the Rwandan government, the Open Society Justice Initiative and other organizations.

Grant works on the some of the world's worst problems and conflicts, and tries to figure out which interventions will help. He has embedded with the Congolese military to try to understand why soldiers attack citizens, he's analyzed the use satellites to monitor and deter genocidal violence in Darfur, and he's studied the ways in which peacekeepers can “win hearts and minds” with local communities in Haiti.



Hosts: Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon

Senior Producer: Golda Arthur

Producer: Megan Cunane

Engineer: Jelani Carter

Researcher: Anna Feuer

Audience Engagement: Natalie Sikorski

Special thanks to: Alex Bandea and Ben Moskowitz