Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)

POSTPONED: Carnegie Research Symposium — Civilian-Military Coordination in Humanitarian Response: Expanding the Evidence Base

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

8:30am – 3:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

This event is invitation only. 

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This event has been postponed. We hope to announce a new date soon.

This research symposium is the culmination of a two year collaborative research project between Brown University’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) and the U.S. Naval War College’s Humanitarian Response Program (HRP), supported by a two-year grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The research seeks to expand the evidence-base for effective civilian-military coordination in humanitarian response while developing new avenues for information sharing between humanitarian, military, and academic communities.

Stemming from identified research priorities during a series of civilian-military workshops, this Carnegie grant funded research explored four core research streams designed to advance civilian-military coordination, where appropriate, in humanitarian response.

1) Surmounting Challenges to Civil-Military Coordination in Humanitarian Response.

2) Qualitative study on community perceptions of military involvement in a pandemic response through the lens of the Nigerian military's involvement in polio response in Northeast Nigeria.

3) What is the responsibility of countries indirectly involved in a conflict (i.e. providing material support to a warring party) to provide medical care for affected civilians and combatants in conflict settings under the Geneva Conventions? What national responsibility does a state undertake by working in a coalition with other actors?

4) What are the risks posed to civilians by information / data sharing in civilian-military coordination during humanitarian activities?

The results of these research studies will be presented at this research symposium for review and contextualization, and then disseminated through academic and policy channels, with the eventual goal of impacting US and foreign military guidance on civilian-military coordination in humanitarian response, as well as United Nations and international NGO guidelines.