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Washington Humanitarian Forum

September 19, 2019 • 8:30 am – 3:30 pm EDT
The CSIS Humanitarian Agenda is hosting the first annual Washington Humanitarian Forum on September 19th, 2019. This full-day conference will focus on humanitarian challenges that sit at the intersection of United States national security and foreign policy priorities. This year’s theme is Unlocking Humanitarian Access – Opportunities for U.S. Leadership.
 
The Washington Humanitarian Forum will include the launch of a report produced by the CSIS Task Force on Humanitarian Access. The Task Force, co-chaired by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), looked at ways in which denial, delay, and diversion prevents humanitarian assistance from reaching the most vulnerable populations, and vice versa, in conflict-affected areas. The Task Force report analyzes challenges in priority countries for the United States and includes recommendations for how United States leadership can mitigate the most pressing access challenges.

AGENDA

 

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Check-in and Coffee Networking

 

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Opening Plenary

  • Video Address: Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN)
  • Introductions: J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS
  • Opening Keynote: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 
  • Moderator: Kimberly Flowers, Director, Humanitarian Agenda & Global Food Security Projects, CSIS  

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. | Task Force Report Launch

  • Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, former Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
  • Patricia McIlreavy, Vice President for Policy and Practice, InterAction 
  • Dr. Paul B. Spiegel, Director, Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Anne Witkowsky, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense 
  • Moderator: Kimberly Flowers, Director, Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Project, CSIS 

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Networking Coffee Break

 

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Morning Breakout Panels

 
The Humanitarian Implications of Cyber Conflict
  • Colonel Gary Corn, Director and Adjunct Professor, Washington College of Law, American University
  • Shanthi Kalathil, Senior Director, International Forum for Democratic Studies, National Endowment for Democracy
  • Moderator: James Andrew Lewis, Senior Vice President and Director, Technology Policy Program, CSIS
Yemen’s Crisis
  • Dr. Aisha Jumaan, Founder and President, Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
  • Peter Salisbury, Consulting Senior Analyst on Yemen, International Crisis Group
  • Sheba Crocker, Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice, CARE
  • Moderator: Jon Alterman, Senior Vice President, Zbiegniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program, CSIS
Access in the Hot Zone: Navigating the DRC Ebola Outbreak
  • Admiral Tim Ziemer, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID
  • Ella Watson-Stryker, Humanitarian Representative, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development 
  • Moderator: J. Stephen Morrison, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, CSIS 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch

 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Afternoon Breakout Panels

 
The Growing Humanitarian Access Challenge in Eastern Ukraine
  • Alexander Hug, Former Deputy Chief Monitor, Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Melinda Haring, Editor, UkraineAlert, Atlantic Council 
  • Margot Ellis, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Europe and Eurasia, USAID 
  • Moderator: Heather Conley, Senior Vice President for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic; and Director, Europe Program, CSIS 
Rethinking Nigeria’s Response to the Boko Haram Crisis
  • Brandon Kendhammer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio University
  • Fati Abubakar, Documentary photographer and Public Health Worker 
  • Ambassador Alex Laskaris, former Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, U.S. Africa Command 
  • Dafna Hochman Rand, Vice President for Policy and Research, Mercy Corps 
  • Moderator: Judd Devermont, Director, Africa Program, CSIS 
A New Age of Humanitarian Reporting?
  • Heba Aly, Director, The New Humanitarian
  • Arwa Damon, Senior International Correspondent, CNN
  • Sherine Tadros, Head of New York Office & UN Representative, Amnesty International
  • Moderator: Jacob Kurtzer, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Humanitarian Agenda, CSIS 

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Networking Coffee Break

 

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Closing Remarks

  • Closing KeynoteJan Egeland, Secretary General, Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Moderator: Kimberly Flowers, Director, Humanitarian Agenda & Global Food Security Project, CSIS 

 

This event was made possible through the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Program
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Jon B. Alterman
Senior Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and Director, Middle East Program

Heather A. Conley

Judd Devermont

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator , UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs