Humanitarian Assistance

Conflict Zones and Human Rights

In times of man-made or natural disasters, humanitarian assistance helps save lives, alleviates suffering, and upholds human dignity. Stimson experts examine the feasibility of humanitarian intervention in disaster and conflict-affected regions.

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Current Research

May 1, 2019 | EXPERT: Victoria K. Holt

April 30, 2019 - Tori Holt tesified in front of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organizations, a part of the House Foreign Affairs Committees in the U.S. READ MORE

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Akriti Vasudeva , EXPERT: Jason Li , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after a year. READ MORE

July 18, 2018 | EXPERT: Victoria K. Holt

The 2018 NATO summit in Brussels focused heavily on strong defense and deterrence, with emphasis on counterterrorism operations.  In advance, NATO commissioned an article, Preparing to Protect: Advice on Implementing NATO's Protection of Civilian Policy, by Marla Keenan and Stimson Disti READ MORE

June 20, 2018

It is often said that the history of immigration is the history of cuisine. READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

South Africa’s story as an emerging donor, and an increasing force to reckon with in development partnerships and enterprises, particularly in conflict and post-conflict countries is increasingly being recognized by scholars as well as members of the international community. READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

Haiti, the most fragile and poorest state in the Americas, is plagued by recurring political conflicts and a vicious cycle of instability and violence. After 30 years of a transition from dictatorship to more open and inclusive governance, the democratic process in Haiti remains very unsteady. READ MORE

September 25, 2017 | EXPERT: Agnieszka Paczynska

Kuwait’s self-perception as a humanitarian and benevolent country is often at odds with public opinion of Muslim countries in the West, which remains focused on the financing of terrorism, the propagation of Islam, and other “undemocratic” political positions. This policy brief will discuss the h READ MORE

July 11, 2017 | EXPERT: Jesse Marks

The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, called them “starve, surrender and slaughter” tactics. READ MORE

January 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , EXPERT: Madeline Vellturo

Although United Nations (U.N.) peacekeeping missions are mandated in response to major national- or international-level conflicts, missions are often confronted with a variety of locally-driven conflicts once they deploy. READ MORE

December 14, 2016 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur

In 2004, the United Nations Security Council authorized the first stabilization mission in Haiti. Since then, it has authorized three more in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, and the Central African Republic. READ MORE

October 20, 2016

The UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, was authorized in 2013 to support peace and stability in Mali. The core of MINUSMA’s mandate is to support the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali that resulted from the Algiers negotiations. READ MORE

October 12, 2016

Violence against civilians in the Central African Republic (CAR) is complex, driven by numerous conflicts at different levels. A national-level peace agreement may contribute to stability, but cannot fully address these diverse conflict drivers. Efforts by the U.N. READ MORE

August 9, 2016

The recent violence in Juba between the forces of President Salva Kiir and former First Vice President Riek Machar demonstrated the fragility of South Sudan’s peace and the critical role that the international community is playing in holding the country back from the brink of renewed civil war. READ MORE

August 5, 2016

By Audel Shokohzadeh: READ MORE

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