The Public Health and Humanitarian Impacts of the Israel-Hamas Conflict in Gaza

Nov 6, 2023 - Marking one month since the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas, this webinar examined the humanitarian situation and public health conditions affecting Palestinian residents of Gaza and explored the broader implications for the region. Panelists contextualized the unfolding conflict through a combination of public health, humanitarian, legal, and geopolitical perspectives. This panel was moderated by Professor Monette Zard, Director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University.

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Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action & the Legacy of the Iraq War

This four-part webinar series hosted by the Program on Forced Migration and Health, in collaboration with the Columbia Global Center in Amman, marks the 20th anniversary of the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq and reflects on its enduring impacts on the humanitarian landscape. 

Panel Four: Twenty Years On: Shifting Technologies and the Impact on War and Humanitarian Action

Advancing technology has ushered in a new phase of war strategy in which satellite surveillance, drones, precision munitions, artificial intelligence, and other technologies increasingly distance the soldier – and human decision-maker – from conflict. This panel will describe how improvements in technology have been leveraged in war beyond the scope of civilian protection, and how these advances have opened doors for disruption of humanitarian systems.  

Panel Three: Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action in the Era of Counterterrorism

The 9/11 attacks and subsequent invasion of Iraq ushered in an era of counterterrorism measures which have had profound impacts on humanitarian action. Increasingly, regulations are limiting how and with whom humanitarian actors can work, threatening the impartiality of aid and leaving certain particularly vulnerable populations without support. This panel discussed how the counterterrorism framework has impacted patterns of humanitarian aid and the operations of humanitarian organizations, and the challenge of providing services in this context.    

Panel Two: Twenty Years On: Geopolitical Reverberations of the Iraq War and Repercussions for the MENA Region

This panel discusses post-conflict political challenges and risks, strategic alignments in the region, and implications for future political infrastructure. 

Panel One: Twenty Years On: Challenges to the Civilian/Military Distinction in the Aftermath of the Iraq War

This panel explores the changing role of humanitarian organizations in insecure settings in the wake of the Iraq War.