The Syria Crisis: Politics and Humanitarian Aid

NYU Washington D.C. hosted a conversation on the crisis in Syria with Mona Yacoubian of the Stimson Center and Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, last night in their Global Leaders Series. You can watch the full video of the conversation here:

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On February 12 La Pietra Dialogues will explore the politics of humanitarian aid in Syria with a talk by European University Institute Fellow Simon Jackson Humanitarian Politics in Syria: Past and Present. Mr. Jackson will place current humanitarian aid efforts in Syria in a historical context and discuss the political dimensions of humanitarian aid.

In the ongoing crisis in Syria the politics of humanitarianism play a central role, providing a lens and a vocabulary through which many understand the conflict, designate its protagonists and argue for specific forms of international intervention. Humanitarian aid is frequently presented as an apolitical form of action addressed to specific categories of victim and in opposition to military aid. In this dialogue Simon Jackson will historicize current events by discussing a previous case of humanitarian relief in greater Syria at the close of World War One. Focusing on the brokering of food relief, Jackson will argue that such case studies show that we need to pay close attention to how humanitarian action is framed and practiced, and how it nests within wider politics.

LPD will form a student working group in the lead up to Simon Jackson’s talk. All interested students can write to lapietra.dialogues@nyu.edu for more information. We hope you will all join us on February 12. Rsvp required.

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