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Policy Papers - September 13, 2013

New Report: How Regional Responses to Humanitarian Crises Could Help Syria

Jérémie Labbé, Lilianne Fan, and Walter Kemp

As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, could the humanitarian crisis afflicting the country and its neighbors provide an entryway for regional cooperation? This policy paper examines how regional responses to humanitarian crises have succeeded or failed to meet humanitarian objectives in order to inform approaches to contemporary crises. 

 

Meeting Notes - August 14, 2013

Humanitarian Engagement in Contemporary Complex Emergencies

Jérémie Labbé, rapporteur

This meeting note presents a synthesis of discussions from IPI’s eighteenth annual New York Seminar, which explored old and new challenges to humanitarian action in contemporary multifaceted emergencies. Complex conflict-related crises, such as the one in Syria today, present significant challenges for humanitarian actors:  

 

Meeting Notes - March 18, 2013

Natural Disasters, Not Conflict, Create Majority of Displacement

Walter Kemp, rapporteur

Over the past few years, the number of people displaced as a result of natural disasters has far exceeded those displaced by conflict. Why is this happening? What are the consequences? And what can be done about it?  

 

Meeting Notes - February 15, 2013

Migrants in Times of Crisis: An Emerging Protection Challenge

Jérémie Labbé and Chris Perry, rapporteurs

This meeting note is based on a roundtable discussion held at IPI on October 9, 2012, which examined both the short-term protection of migrants in times of crisis, and the long-term consequences when migrants are forced to return home due to a conflict or a natural disaster. 

 

Policy Papers - November 16, 2012

Rethinking Humanitarianism: Adapting to 21st Century Challenges

Jérémie Labbé

The modern international humanitarian system is being tested like never before. Built on a philosophy that espouses universality and integrity of humanitarian principles, the system now faces crises and conflicts that are changing in nature, an increased humanitarian caseload, and a renewed assertiveness on the part of host states.