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Humanitarian Intervention

America is Responsible for Aleppo's Destruction

Lionel Beehner | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Buried under rubble, Aleppo weeps. It was the most fascinating, glorious, majestic, and hodgepodge city I'd ever visited, an ancient city of narrow, t...

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

Terror in Lake Chad Basin and the Failure of the Humanitarian System

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.01.2016 | World
Kolleen Bouchane

Photo: Bada, Kako, 3 years old, and other displaced children in the village of Tagal, Lake Chad region, Chad. UNICEF/UN028762/Tremeau At least 2.7 mi...

Humanitarian Innovation: Surprising News, Cautionary Tales, and Promising Directions

Camille Crittenden | Posted 03.15.2016 | Technology
Camille Crittenden

For those fleeing active conflict zones, natural disasters, or the gradual devastation of climate change, a host of humanitarian relief agencies is st...

Authoritarian Symps

John Feffer | Posted 05.28.2016 | World
John Feffer

In the bad old days of the Cold War, the left and the right used to play a nasty game called "Who's Your Favorite Dictator?" But the terms of the game have changed.

Washington Should Make Foreign Policy for Americans, Not Liberals Overseas

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The more active America's foreign policy, the more the U.S. has to spend on the military: the "defense" budget is the price of Washington's foreign policy. American military personnel and contractors die. Enemies are created. A national security state develops.

Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War

Danny Postel | Posted 04.02.2015 | World
Danny Postel

The Road to Iraq is a work of tremendous intellectual diligence and moral seriousness.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Put the 'Humanitarian' Back in Humanitarian Interventions

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Jonathan Marshall

In times past, talk of "humanitarian intervention" brought to mind images of Red Cross trucks and nurses coming to the scene of a natural disaster to tend the afflicted.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Dispatch From Liberia: An Epidemic of Fear

Adam C. Levine | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Adam C. Levine

As of this week, Ebola is killing 100 people every couple days in West Africa. But the true impact of the crisis in West Africa should be measured in the wider impact the disease has wrought. It is not Ebola alone causing the catastrophe in West Africa today -- it is an epidemic of fear.

Hell's Problems: Genocide and 'Humanitarian Intervention'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

There seems little doubt that the self-styled radical Islamist group, Islamic State, is committing genocide in Iraq, certainly against the Yazidis, and has targeted Christians to "convert or die" as well.

It's Time to Give Back to the Greeks

Vasilis Georgiou | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact
Vasilis Georgiou

I have two passions in my life: Helping entrepreneurs find the right franchise or business to buy, and trying to give something back to society throu...

For These Are All Our Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

In Syria, Death Is Falling From the Sky

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Filippouli

The humanitarian catastrophe in Syria is one of the greatest of recent decades, but in a world which gets so consumed with constant breaking news and the bombardment of all sorts of information, the electrifying noise of barrel bombs and the real cry for help are not reaching our ears.

The Scandal of Syria

John Feffer | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

Today we confront the fallen world of Syria. Is this House of Cards territory where ambition and revenge battle for supremacy and there is nothing to do but watch the horrors unfold before our eyes? Or do we believe that, despite our own original sins, we Americans can don the white hat and fix things in Syria?

Parlez-vous Francais 'Problem from Hell'?

Lionel Beehner | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

Why has France, which opposed the war in Iraq, suddenly taken up the mantle of humanitarianism? Is it guilt motivating France's latest bout of humanitarian interventionism? Or is the French government just more humane than ours? Actually, none of the above.

7 Things You Need to Know Now About the Escalating Violence in South Sudan

Matthew Leriche | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Matthew Leriche

In the past week, what started as a political confrontation in South Sudan has descended into serious violence with the potential for mass atrocities. But continued fighting and civil war is not inevitable.

What You Need to Know About U.S. Intervention in Central African Republic

John Glaser | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
John Glaser

Many have noted the lack of clear strategic interests in CAR. So why did the White House choose to intervene? And why this particular way? What is the likelihood of successfully improving the humanitarian situation? Is there a risk of mission creep?

Good Wars and Bad Anti-Wars?

Ian Williams | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Ian Williams

Accurate history is messy, because reality is messy -- and that is no more apparent than over Syria. The lines between good and bad are never as clear and bold as we would like.

Syria's Tragedy Could One Day Be Our Own

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Atif Choudhury

As the Syrian people watch to see whether the international community will finally spring into action, we should have some more real talk on Syria's ongoing tragedy and why all of us have a personal stake in combatting state terrorism.

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

A Memo to Syria: Sovereignty Is Not a Right, It's a Responsibility

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Joseph Amodeo

Failure to respond to the crisis in Syria will allow evil to beget evil. We cannot merely watch as the crisis in Syria spirals into further attacks on Syrian citizens and, in turn, draws the United States and the international community into an even deeper threat to global security.

Why the US Should Intervene in Syria

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

Military intervention should not be for punishment of Assad for the use of chemical weapons or the atrocities of the past two years. Its main purpose ought not be for sending a message to any other country planning to use weapons of mass destruction.

The Syrian Reprisal

Heather Roff | Posted 10.29.2013 | World
Heather Roff

That the Syrian regime used chemical weapons does not necessarily entail that the U.S. becomes the international judge, jury and executive to dole out punishments. Indeed, reprisals are subject to strict criteria.