Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop

Thursday, March 26 –
Friday, March 27, 2020

True North Classroom, Stephen Robert ‘62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

This event is invitation only. 

This Civilian-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop is hosted by the U.S. Naval War College’s Humanitarian Response Program, Brown University’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Civil-Military Coordination Service.

This is the fourth in a series of workshops designed to explore current and future challenges in humanitarian civil-military coordination, and this year’s event will focus on humanitarian access, protection of civilians, and aid worker security. As a follow-on to the three previous workshops, this event aims to improve civilian-military humanitarian responses by meeting the following four objectives:

1. Enhance the response capacity of UN OCHA and other UN agencies, USAID OFDA, humanitarian NGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, international militaries, and other key organizations through supporting a Community of Practice in humanitarian civil-military coordination.

2. Expand and strengthen a network of practitioners, academics, and leaders who routinely work in humanitarian civil-military coordination.

3. Continue to highlight key opportunities for professional education, training, and development for key decision makers in best practices for coordination and information sharing.

4. Develop and refine a comprehensive research and action agenda focused on humanitarian civil-military coordination considering international approaches to effecting solutions.

Participants will spend a good portion of the event in smaller working groups examining key issues in humanitarian civil-military coordination, including:

1. Access, Protection, & Security

2. Climate Change & Sea Level Rise

3. Outbreaks

4. Urbanization

Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies