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

August 18, 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. 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

February 17, 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

January 31, 2017 | EXPERT: Aditi Gorur , STAFF: 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

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