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WHCA2014 - Introduction

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Yvan Guichaoua

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Transcript of WHCA2014 - Introduction

Wars, Humanitarian Crises & Aid
Outline
Teaching Team
Objectives of the module & Key questions
Assessment
Readings & resources
Organisational matters and announcements
Teaching Team
Objectives of the module & Key questions
Assessment
Readings and resources
Organisational matters
& announcements
Conflict and Political Violence
Political violence and its historical transformations

Macro-level causes of violent conflicts (greed v grievances)

Micro-level dynamics (states, rebel organisations, combatants)
What can be done about it?
Humanitarian debates
Dunantist v Wilsonian approaches in historical perspective

State fragility and the Securitisation of aid

Local compromises

Accountability
Peacekeeping, peacebuilding
Post-conflict reconstruction & transitional justice
Is the West the world's super-ego?

When to intervene?

Liberal peace v hybrid orders

Accountability
How to deal with ex-combatants?

Reconciliation?

Transition from economies of war

Politics v justice

Memorialisation
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa: social dimensions and policy responses - Roundtable open discussion

Thursday 9th October, 17:00 – 19:00

Location tba

Form seminar groups, choose a case study, submit it for approval and gather material now!

Attend lectures

FB is for non-official communication (http://on.fb.me/1vlc0KE)

Send me emails if you want to meet me (office hours on Thursday morning)
IRIN, ICG, MSF, HPN etc.
Essays

- 65% of the mark
- Topics in the module outline (p. 17)
- Deadline: 4 Dec, 3pm
Group reports - "Standing in the shoes of policy analysts"

- 35% of the mark
- Collective job / mark
- Analysis + policy recommendations on a conflict
- Careful coordination needed!
- Check programme on p. 15 of the module outline
My personal research
Invitation - Refugee Law Seminar Programme and Outreach Project with Red Cross and Law School

Dear students,

For the last few years we have been running a successful project in the Law School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in conjunction with the British Red Cross, which you may have already heard or read about. This year we are introducing a new strand on International Refugee Law, which as well as Law students is being offered to students in other schools too.

Volunteers will learn about various aspects of International Refugee Law – its history, the current legal definition of a refugee, and how refugee assistance is managed today. As well as learning the details of the legal regime for refugees, we will also be engaging in critical analysis. This part of the project will take place over four seminars on Wednesday afternoons (22 October, 5 November, 19 November, 3 December) during the Autumn semester.

Then in the Spring volunteers will, in groups, present to school students and others on topics related to International Refugee Law. You will be able to pick what topics you wish to focus on. Members of the Red Cross and I will be on hand to assist you in choosing your topics and developing your presentations. In addition, the Red Cross will run a couple of training sessions on the necessary skills for delivering presentations.

In short, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about a major issue in international law, to hone many important transferable skills, and to burnish your CVs. This project might be of particular interest to those of you considering a career within the voluntary sector or aid agencies.

Places on the project are limited. If you would like to take part, please email me at s.behrman@uea.ac.uk by Monday 29 September. In just a couple of paragraphs please write why you would like to be involved, and anything about yourself – interests, skills, hobbies etc. – that you think might be relevant to the project. If you have any questions or would like further clarification about the project and what it involves, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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