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Research Symposium on Civilian-Military Humanitarian Coordination

September 9, 2021

Event poster for CHRHS Symposium

In September 2021, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS) at Watson presented cutting edge public health, social science, and legal research examining key questions regarding humanitarian civil-military coordination.


This Research Symposium on Civilian-Military Humanitarian Coordination was hosted by Brown University’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and the U.S. Naval War College’s Humanitarian Response Program with support from the R. Dudley Harrington, Jr. Charitable Foundation, the US State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and the U.S. Naval War College Foundation. During the half-day symposium, researchers from across the globe presented cutting edge public health, social science, and legal research that examined key questions regarding humanitarian civil-military coordination. Through robust Q&A discussions, the presenting research teams engaged with a diverse audience composed of humanitarian practitioners, military personnel, human rights leaders, public health professionals, and academics. The presentation topics covered during the symposium were:

Civilian-military interaction in conflicts: a preliminary analysis of best practices and perceptions from the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan | Zein Tayyeb, Samuel Boland, & Rob Grace

Humanitarian Leadership in Urban Communities: An Exploratory Study on the Role of  Community Leaders in Humanitarian Coordination during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Philippines | Maria Carinnes Alejandria

Civil-Military Engagement During Public Health Emergencies: A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Responses to COVID-19 | Samuel Boland, & Rob Grace

China and The Future of HA/DR Operations in Great Power Competition | Robin Watters & Alex Tripplet

Humanitarian Notification Systems for Deconfliction: Purposes and Stakeholders | Brittany Card, Jonathan Robinson, Bailey Ulbricht, & Allen Weiner