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The conflict in Syria: Great Power Politics and Humanitarian Consequences
Description: This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. Photo: Freedom House/Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0 The conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year, evolved from a revolutionary uprising against the Assad regime in March 2011, to a country-wide insurgency, pitting regime loyalists against fragmented opposition groups and jihadist militants. In parallel to the escalation of conflict within Syria, external actors have been drawn in – including neighbouring countries and regional powers. We have also seen the return of Great Power politics – with Russia propping up the Syrian regime through its bombing campaign, while the West’s approach of arming the moderate opposition has failed. The conflict has precipitated one of the largest and most complex humanitarian disasters since the Second World War. Over 400 000 people have been killed and more than half of the population has been displaced – 6.6 million in Syria and 4.8 million in neighbouring countries. 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people who are trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. The situation has tested the boundaries of conventional humanitarian action, and revealed some uncomfortable realities about helping civilians in conflict. This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. What has been the strategy of Russia and the ‘West’ in Syria? What have been the political challenges of negotiating humanitarian access and protecting civilians? How do Syrians look back on the revolution and consider prospects for peace in the country?
  09 Jan 2017   2h32m31s 4 917 0

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Part 2 | Learning from the Ebola response in cities
Description: In part 2 of this webinar, we put the audience's questions to the panel. Is quarantine ethical? How can humanitarian organisations engage with multiple communities at once? What should you do when there is high levels of population movement in a public health crisis like Ebola? Two years on, we will hear about the challenges and learnings around the urban-specific aspects of the Ebola response. We discuss the main challenges and leanings with people who were working in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia during and after the crisis.
  21 Jul 2017   38m34s 0 7 0
Generation 2000: Youth in Iraq
Description: The young adults of Generation 2000, who came of age after the US-led invasion of Iraq and in the midst of sectarian warfare, have spent their lives dealing with political and economic crisis. Here are their stories.
  20 Jul 2017   4m47s 3 204 0
Restoring hope to vulnerable migrants in Greece
Description: The Helenic Red Cross offer a variety of programmes and services to assist and protect migrants according to their needs. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has a longstanding history of working with migrants. National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provide support to people migrating, including refugees and asylum-seekers, victims of trafficking, labour migrants and unaccompanied children, and provide life-saving and life-enhancing services to the most vulnerable such as first aid, access to health care and other essential services. For more information please visit:
  20 Jul 2017   3m19s 3 142 0
Greece Should Protect Lone Migrant Kids
Description: Flawed and inadequate procedures leave unaccompanied migrant children on the Greek island of Lesbos housed with unrelated adults, vulnerable to abuse, and unable to access the specific care they need. Under Greek and international law, unaccompanied children are entitled to special care and protection. But flawed age assessment procedures mean that some of these children are wrongly deemed adults during registration. Other children claim to be adults believing it will allow them to avoid detention or because of bad advice by adults, but then realize they have made a mistake and try to persuade the authorities to register them correctly. They can spend months trying to change their official status, and in meantime often continue to be treated as adults.
  19 Jul 2017   3m33s 6 441 0
Enhancing African capacities in peace and security & other topics (19 July 2017)
  19 Jul 2017   25m24s 4 132 0
"What's My Alternative?" Fleeing Central America
Description: People fleeing high levels of violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador—the countries that form the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA)—suffer further from limited access to medical care and are forced to contend with aggressive deportation policies that disregard their need for protection. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is treating people who've fled to Mexico from these areas, and is advocating for more humane reception policies so people running for their lives won't be treated as criminals. WATCH "Fleeing Central America to Survive": SUBSCRIBE HERE: The MSF-USA Youtube channel publishes videos every week: updates on current humanitarian issues around the world, MSF's activities, and stories from our field workers, patients, and experts.
  19 Jul 2017   3m8s 6 87 0
UK: Welcoming refugees in the British countryside
Description: In a picturesque village in the East of England sits The Grange: a 1750s-rectory surrounded by ten acres of meadow, a lush lawn and a flourishing vegetable garden. Barn owls and kingfishers share their home with domestic ponies and sheep; guinea pigs and chickens can be heard squeaking and scratching at feeding time. This is where Ben and Sophie host retreats for refugees and asylum-seekers – providing a place of peace and welcome for people who have fled violence and war. The Grange: Information for media: If you would like to use this video to communicate refugee stories or require B-Roll, transcripts, stills or much more information, please contact --- Keep up to date with our latest videos: -- UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, works to protect and assist those fleeing war and persecution. Since 1950, we have helped tens of millions of people find safety and rebuild their lives. With your support, we can restore hope for many more. Read more at Support our work with refugees now by subscribing to this channel, liking this video and sharing it with your friends and contacts. Thanks so much for your help.
  20 Jul 2017   2m21s 3 144 0
Australia: Engaging with militaries to limit suffering
Description: In this interview, the ICRC's Armed Forces Delegate for South-East Asia and the Pacific details why participation in military exercises plays a key role in the ICRC's efforts to protect and assist people affected by conflict around the world.
  20 Jul 2017   2m3s 5 124 0
IOM Yemen:  Humanitarian Response in the Enclave of Taizz
Description: IOM helps affected families in Taizz by distributing non-food items including mattresses and blankets.
  20 Jul 2017   3m43s 1 16 0
Reaching vulnerable communities in Uganda - Land Rover WASH Programme
Description: Water, sanitation and good hygiene practices are fundamental to healthy life. Our collective aim is to ensure every family has affordable and sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation. Despite major progress in this ambition over recent years, the poorest and most vulnerable, still suffer with inadequate facilities. And we know that this is a major factor which causes death or poor health, reduces productivity, impacts upon nutrition and undermines personal dignity. To learn more visit:
  19 Jul 2017   13m1s 0 6 0
CARE Cash Transfer Project: Mobile Technology
Description: In order to help the very poorest and hungriest people in Zimbabwe, the UK government has asked CARE to lead a programme – working with World Vision – to provide small monthly cash payments by mobile phone or SIM cards to over 72,000 families (360,000 people) so that they can afford the minimum necessary food to avoid malnutrition. For more information about CARE's work in Zimbabwe see our latest blogs:
  18 Jul 2017   1m39s 0 20 0