NCHS Annual Meeting

Humanitarian protection 20 years into the global 'war on terror’

We invite you to the NCHS Research Network Annual Meeting from 2 to 3 December 2021 at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and online.

​​This year’s overarching theme is “Humanitarian Protection 20 Years into the ‘Global War on Terror'”. Please see the full event program below.

Twenty years after 9/11 and the US-led intervention in Afghanistan, what has come to be referred to as the “Global War on Terror” has drastically affected the paradigm of humanitarian protection. In the wake of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, humanitarian actors, more than ever, find themselves having to navigate sanctions, counterterrorism frameworks, regime changes, politicisation, and criminalisation. At the Annual Meeting, we will discuss the implications of the global war on terror and the possible ways forward for humanitarian actors in dealing with the challenges of providing protection in this environment.

The NCHS Research Network’s Annual Meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the topic, and there will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Network’s activities.

If you plan on attending the event physically, please sign up via the PRIO website here. The event will commence on Thursday 2 December from 12:30 (CET). Please note all times are CET.

The event will also be streamed on Microsoft Teams at this link.

Event program

Thursday 2 December

12:30-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-13:15 – Welcome & Introduction

Maria G. Jumbert, PRIO and Antonio De Lauri, Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)

13:15-14:15 – Annual Lecture, with Q&A

Professor Faisal Devji, St. Antony’s College. Lecture title: “The Anti-Politics of Humanity”

14:15-14:30 – Coffee Break

14:30-16:00 – Roundtable 1: Humanitarian Negotiations Amidst Counter-Terrorism Restrictions: Legal and Diplomatic Dimensions”


Sultan Barakat, Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha

Emanuela Gillard, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict – “Counter-terrorism and humanitarian action – the underlying legal framework”

Chair: Antonio De Lauri, CMI


Friday 3 December

9:00-10:15 – Roundtable 2 (Practitioner’s Panel): “Consequences of the ‘Global War on Terror’ for Norwegian Humanitarian Efforts” 


Trude Falch, Norwegian People’s Aid

Ida Haugen-Poljac, Norwegian Red Cross

Linda Bukasen, Save the Children Norway

Trygve Thorson, Doctors without Borders, MSF Norway

Chair: Kristoffer Lidén, PRIO

10:15-10:30 – Coffee Break

10:30-11:45 – Roundtable 3: “Humanitarian Protection in Conflict: Navigating Counter-Terrorism and Authoritarian Regimes”


Júlia Palik, PRIO

Morten Bøås, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

Elling N. Tjønneland, CMI

Chair: John Karlsrud, NUPI

11:45-12:00 – Take-Aways and Ways Forward

Chair: Maria G. Jumbert, PRIO

12:00-13:00 – Lunch

13:00-14:00 – Internal NCHS Research Network Management Meeting – Open to all Network Members