Afghanistan: Beyond humanitarian relief

This blog examines why the looming humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan necessitates a broader engagement with the Taliban, and argues that the focus of aid to Afghanistan needs to shift from relief to development assistance as soon as possible.

The evacuation of judges and the future of justice in Afghanistan

This blog examines the evacuation of judges from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover in August 2021 and the impact for the future of justice in Afghanistan.

Externalising integration: The legal pathways to protection

This blog post aims to analyse the expansion of the use of legal pathways to protection, as described in the new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum, and how it affects the EU’s policy of externalisation.

Looking for the humanitarian backbone at the top of the UN

This blog reflects on the search for the new United Nations chief of humanitarian affairs. Will the UN Secretary-General have the special X-ray vision to detect the person with the sturdiest humanitarian backbone?

Collateral damage in court

“Collateral damage” has been a recurring feature of the wars in Afghanistan and the Middle East for the past two decades. This blog post examines the European Court of Human Rights decision in the case of Hanan vs Germany and the impact for civilian victims.

The politics of refugee relief

In November 2020, the Commissioner General of UNRWA informed UNRWA staff there was insufficient funds to pay their salaries in full for the month. This blog examines the implications of the ongoing UNRWA funding crisis.

Refugee legal aid in humanitarian operations

This blog examines the provision of legal aid to refugees in countries that do not have any refugee-specific legislation and where the rule of law is largely absent.

Red lines and grey zones

Humanitarian action relies on negotiations with counterparts at local, national and international levels, which are invariably filled with ethical dilemmas. This blog puts forward the need for a research agenda to further examine the ethics of humanitarian action.

From Moria to the UN Security Council

Under the Refugee Convention, people in need of asylum must be given the opportunity to apply for it. This blog examines the fundamental flaws in this system.

Fighting racism and decolonising humanitarian studies

Partnerships between scholars and conflict-affected communities are as unequal as ever. This blog examines the urgent need to address racism and decolonise humanitarian studies.

The politics of humanitarian aid to Myanmar

This blog provides reflections on the politics of humanitarian aid in Myanmar and the challenges of getting humanitarian access in the short term and securing human rights for the future.

Digital dead body management

How can the digitisation of the human rights field re-shape ideas about death and the practices of care and control of the dead in the international space.

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Blog guidelines

Who can contribute

We welcome blog contributions from across the humanitarian field, whether you are a researcher, academic, practitioner or postgraduate student.

For example, you may be a researcher wishing to link your studies to current affairs or events, or you may be a research student wanting to share some preliminary research findings. We also welcome contributions from practitioners working in the field wishing to share experiences or reflections on humanitarian issues or practices.

How to contribute

Please use the form above to submit your blog. It is useful if you also tell us how your blog contributes to the analysis or discussion about a particular humanitarian topic or issue.

All submissions should be made electronically and in Microsoft Word (not PDF or any other format). Blog posts should ideally be between 800 and 1,500 words in length. Please do not submit blogs more than 2,000 words.

Please include the names and a short bio for each author (no more than two to three sentences per author). If you use social media, you can also include your Twitter and/or Facebook handles. Also include a title for the blog, as well as an abstract or summary (maximum 100 words).

It is also useful if you include a suitable accompanying photo or image for your blog. Please also provide a caption where possible and ensure you cite the source and have permission to use it.

Blogs are best when they are easily understood by a wide audience. Please write in an accessible way that will be easily understood. Adding hyperlinks to relevant sources and background information is also a useful way to provide the reader with more information or provide further explanation of complex concepts. Add a short list of references at the end of your blog if necessary.

Please let us know if your blog has been published elsewhere. We can in some cases consider posting pieces that have previously been published, however, the author then needs to obtain permission from the original publisher to re-publish the work.

As a contributor, you are responsible for the factual accuracy of your work. You are also responsible for correctly citing other sources. Responsibility for any plagiarism rests with the author.

Blog review process

Please be aware that all blogs submitted for publication undergo an independent and anonymous review process. The reviewer may make suggestions to revise your blog prior to publication.

While this blog is hosted by the NCHS, the views expressed by individual authors are their own and must not be interpreted as the position of the NCHS.