Afghan soldiers during basic training in 2010. Photo: ResoluteSupportMedia / Flickr / CCBY 2.0

​The Norwegian Centre of Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) Annual Meeting will take place on 2-3 December and will be organized as a hybrid event.

​This year's overarching theme is "Humanitarian Protection 20 Years into the 'Global War on Terror'". 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, politicization, and criminalization. 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 at the link on the right side.

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


Event programme


Thursday 2 December

12:30-13:00: Lunch


13:00-13:15 Welcome & Introduction

Maria G. Jumbert, PRIO

Antonio De Lauri, CMI


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

Professor Faisal Devji, St. Antony's College: 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

Panelists:

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

 

Friday 3 December

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

Panelists:

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

Carl P. Salicath, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chair: Kristoffer Lidén


10:15-10:30 Coffee Break


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

Panelists:

Júlia Palik, PRIO

Morten Bøås, NUPI

Elling N. Tjønneland, CMI

Chair: John Karlsrud, NUPI


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

Chair: Maria G. Jumbert


12:00-13:00 Lunch


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


The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) promotes humanitarian research and facilitates analysis and discussion on humanitarian related issues

The NCHS is a joint initiative between three Norwegian research institutes, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).