Events and Webinars


After War: Humanitarian and Medical Challenges What shape does healthcare take in the aftermath of conflict? 

April 18th, 2024 - In the aftermath of conflict, the role of humanitarian organizations and medical professionals becomes paramount in rebuilding and healing war-ravaged communities. In this webinar, a panel of experts examined the strategies and adaptive approaches necessary for effective humanitarian coordination and medical operations after war, including the practical aspects of post-conflict fieldwork and the complexities of rebuilding societies that have been torn apart. 

This webinar was co-sponsored by the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University and Columbia Global Center Amman, in partnership with the American University of Beirut | Global Engagement Initiative. It is the second of a four-part series, After War: Learning from Past Conflicts.

Watch the recording here. 

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.

Watch the recording here.

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, November 9th, 2023 - 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 Four: Twenty Years On: Shifting Technologies and the Impact on War and Humanitarian Action


Panel Three, October 3rd, 2023 - 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 Three: Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action in the Era of Counterterrorism


Panel Two, June 20th 2023 - This panel discusses post-conflict political challenges and risks, strategic alignments in the region, and implications for future political infrastructure. 

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


Panel One, April 26th, 2023 - This panel explores the changing role of humanitarian organizations in insecure settings in the wake of the Iraq War. 

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


The Aftermath of the Turkish and Syrian Earthquakes from Relief to Reconstruction: Examining the Impact on Refugee and Displaced Populations

May 23rd, 2023 - The impact of the powerful earthquakes that struck southwest Turkiye and northern Syria in early February 2023 were enormous. In collaboration with the Columbia Global Center in Amman, this webinar explores the political complexities and operational challenges the humanitarian sphere face in incorporating and supporting refugees and internally displaced people throughout the reconstruction process. View here