Faculty and staff of the Program on Forced Migration and Health frequently participate and host webinars. Below is a snapshot of recent webinars featuring PFMH faculty and staff.

Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action & 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 

Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action and the Legacy of the Iraq War | Panel Four

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. Co-hosted with Columbia Journalism School, this panel describes 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

Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action in the Era of Counter Terrorism

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 discusses 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

Twenty Years On: Geopolitical Reverberations of the Iraq War and Repercussions in 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

Aftermath of Iraq War: Challenges to Civilian vs. Military Distinction

The Iraq war, following on the heels of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, saw the US government increasingly and overtly link military and strategic objectives with the work of humanitarian and development NGOs, raising profound questions around principles of humanitarian independence and neutrality, and ushering in an era in which the lines between military and humanitarian operations have become increasingly blurred. Hosted by the Program on Forced Migration and Health and the Columbia Global Center in Amman, this panel featured Dr. Les Roberts (Professor Emeritus, Columbia), Fabrizio Carboni (Regional Director for Near and Middle East, ICRC) and Sahr Muhammedally (expert on human rights and armed conflict, former Director of the MENA and South Asian Program, CIVIC).  Throughout the conversation, the panelists explored the implications of changing trends in the humanitarian space over the last two decades, including the accelerating number of attacks on humanitarian workers by state and non-state actors, and challenges to the operational presence of humanitarian organizations in insecure settings.

Disease Surveillance and Refugees, Migrants, and other Marginalized Groups
December 2, 2020



As part of a webinar series hosted by the Committee on Forced Migration, an initiative of the Columbia Global Centers, PFMH Director Monette Zard moderated a discussion with Mesfin Teklu Tessema, Petra Molnar, and Joseph Amon on the promise and challenges of public health surveillance technologies for refugees, migrants, and other marginalized groups during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preventing and Mitigating Indirect Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Displaced Populations in Humanitarian Settings
November 11, 2020



The Program on Forced Migration and Health co-hosted a webinar with ICVA on "Preventing and Mitigating Indirect Health Impacts of COVID-19 on Displaced Populations in Humanitarian Settings." PFMH faculty Dr. Patrick Kachur and Dr. Les Roberts were joined by Ola Al Tebawi of the International Rescue Committee and Muhammad Amad of the National Humanitarian Network and Institute for Development and Empowerment Axis (IDEA). The webinar was the official launch of a knowledge brief produced as part of "Building the Evidence on Forced Displacement and Health," a project supported by the World Bank, UNHCR, and UKAid. 


2020 Election: What's at Stake for Public Health?
October 29, 2020



The Department of Health Policy and Management and the Department of Population and Family Health join together to host "2020 Election: What's at Stake for Public Health?" PFMH Director Professor Monette Zard joins PopFam Chair Professor Terry McGovern and HPM Chair Professor Michael Sparer to discuss the implications of the 2020 election for public health. 

Research in a Virtual World: Innovative Approaches
September 14, 2020



PFMH Director Professor Monette Zard moderated and CPC Co-Director Mark Canavera presented alongside PopFam faculty on a panel hosted by the Mailman School of Public Health Department of Population and Family Health on innovative approaches to conducting research during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Weaponizing Public Health to End Asylum in the U.S.
July 30, 2020



Hosted by PFMH and moderated by Professor Monette Zard, this webinar reviews public health aspects of the Trump Administration’s July 9th proposed rule with experts from Human Rights First, Johns Hopkins University, Physicians for Human Rights, and Global Response Management.

COVID-19, Migration and Human Rights: Impact and Solutions
July 28, 2020



PFMH Director Professor Monette Zard presents on this expert panel hosted by the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights, alongside the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and panelists from UNHCR, the UN Human Rights Office, Médecins Sans Frontières and Asociación Salto Ángel.

Countering Stigmatization in the Humanitarian Response to COVID-19
May 29, 2020



PFMH Faculty Dr. Goleen Samari presented on an expert panel hosted by InterAction to discuss how the humanitarian community can prevent, mitigate, and respond to COVID-19-related stigmatization and its consequences. 

APRIL 30, 2020



Drs. Rachel T. Moresky and Megan Coffee join several other colleagues in this two-part panel event to discuss the various phases of COVID-19 response in settings with limited health resources. Speakers touch on access to care and equity of care associated with COVID-19 in these settings, as well. The talk is collectively sponsored by the PFMH, the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, and sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems.

Prevention Measures and Management of COVID-19 in Refugee Settings: Local and Global Perspectives
April 21, 2020



PFMH Faculty Professor Monette Zard and Dr. Goleen Samari and PFMH Senior Program Officer Dr. Ling San Lau join colleagues from the Columbia Global Centers Amman, UNHCR MENA, and the American University of Beirut to discuss the response to COVID-19 in refugee contexts, with particular attention to Jordan and Lebanon.

Safeguarding Human Rights in the COVID-19 Tsunami
April 1, 2020 



PFMH Director Monette Zard moderates this webinar on the crucial importance of human rights in the pandemic response, featuring Professor Goleen Samari, Ken Roth of Human Rights Watch, and Bruce Shapiro of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.