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Semester: Not Offered
Faculty: Claude Bruderlein
The protection of civilians during armed conflict and natural disaster is a complex and bold endeavor, requiring a multidimensional response to address the various sources of vulnerabilities affecting populations. In this context, humanitarian professionals must engage in multifaceted and complex approaches addressing the legal, political, and social aspects of crises, in addition to managing operations in often remote and hazardous environments. Each of these domains may become the subject of various interpretations and agendas by the belligerents, host countries, donors, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations, increasing the importance of the strategic thinking, dialogue, and negotiation skills of humanitarian practitioners.
The purpose of this course is to offer graduate students a solid legal and policy framework for engaging in humanitarian action. While the course is grounded in a human security narrative, it does not aim to advocate particular positions or agenda in terms of protection of civilians in armed conflict, but rather contributes to the development of the student’s capacity to think critically and strategically about current challenges to humanitarian action.