IGA-353M: Middle East Field Study Course: Humanitarian Negotiations on the Frontlines

Semester: January

Credit: 2.0


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The purpose of the Winter Field Study Course in the Middle East is to bring graduate students to examine strategic and practical approaches for navigating the challenges and dilemmas of some of the most complex political and humanitarian issues in the Middle East region. In 2017, it will focus on specific dilemmas associated to negotiations related to the provision of humanitarian assistance and protection in conflict situations in the Middle East. Through direct interviews with the main actors of recent and emblematic humanitarian negotiations, students will explore the tensions and dilemmas associated with migration policies in crisis, refugee protection, humanitarian access, and the monitoring of the implementation of international legal norms. The course will explore current trends and challenges related to humanitarian negotiation and mediation processes in order to better understand the response (from local NGOs, humanitarian organizations, government, religious groups, private sector, etc) to vulnerabilities of populations affected by conflict.  The course is organized as a means to furthering professional dialogue on complex issues and fostering exchanges between graduate students and practitioners in the region. Enrollment is limited and all candidates must be interviewed and selected by the Instructor prior to enrolling in the course. Detailed information about the application process and timeline will be provided. For more information on the modeling of the field study course, please see the following documentary on the 2015 edition of the course in Jordan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9duoGtnh2c

Also offered by the School of Public Health as GHP 543. The course spans over two compulsory weekend sessions in the fall, a campus-based week in early January, a two-week field assessment mission in the Middle East, and an optional weekend wrap up in the Spring. The location of the field assessment will be determined in November 2016 (please note this HSPH course ends after the HKS January term dates). Please note the estimated cost per student for this course will be approximately $3,000. This covers transportation and accommodation for students on location during the course dates. It does not cover airfare or visa.

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