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.
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
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