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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 4 576 0

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The Conflict in Syria: Negotiating Humanitarian Access and ensuring Protection of Civilians
Description: Special Advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, and Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Jan Egeland: Politics of Negotiating Humanitarian Access and ensuring Protection of Civilians. Talk taken from our NUPI-event 'The conflict in Syria: Great Power Politics and Humanitarian Consequences'. See the full seminar here:
  16 Jan 2017   16m4s 1 33 0
Shinda Washinde - Bomet Integrated Development Project Feature
  16 Jan 2017   4m25s 1 15 0
Shinda Washinde -  Mbumachi Water Project, Kilifi County
  16 Jan 2017   5m26s 1 56 0
Diario de Daniel
Description: Peter Okharedia, 21 años, de Nigeria. Tuvo que abandonar Nigeria cuando estalló la violencia entre diferentes facciones y bajo la amenaza de Boko Haram. Cruzó el mar Mediterraneo desde Libia hacia Italia. Su historia es también la de miles de personas que buscan refugio y una vida digna en Europa. SÍGUENOS: Formamos un movimiento global para erradicar la pobreza y la injusticia y luchamos para que las personas gocen plenamente de sus derechos y vivan dignamente.
  16 Jan 2017   6m58s 6 80 0
Uganda: Debate class - should we continue to host refugees?
Description: On this World Day of Migrants and Refugees focusing on the theme of child migrants, we share the passion of Gloria and Susan, two secondary students in Uganda recently displaced from war in South Sudan, as they debate a topic that hits close to home: Should Uganda continue to host refugees? Uganda has been named one of the most hospitable countries to refugees in the world, but challenges for refugees to study and thrive persist. Listen to Gloria and Susan's stories of the past and hopes for the future.
  14 Jan 2017   5m42s 2 45 0
Syria and the Aftermath of the Battle for Aleppo
Description: On January 9, the Brookings Doha Center hosted a policy discussion where speakers Moaz Al-Khatib, Daniel Byman, and Louay Safi explored the current status of the complex Syrian conflict, the options for the new Trump administration, and the roles being played by an ever expanding list of actors. Subscribe! Follow Brookings on social media! Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: LinkedIn:
  13 Jan 2017   1h33m48s 4 823 0
Centre d’Opération d’Urgence (Emergency Operations Center EOC 101- French version)
Description: Cette vidéo décrit le Centre d’Opération d’Urgence (EOC), comment il s’inscrit dans les Systèmes d’Opérations d’Urgence, comment il fonctionne, quels bénéfices peut-on en tirer et, l’importance de son utilisation régulière Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with our comment policy: This video can also be viewed at
  13 Jan 2017   6m24s 1 61 0
Syrian refugees face first snowfall in Lebanon
Description: Snow is compounding challenges for Syrian refugees living in informal settlements in Lebanon’s high Bekaa Valley, who are already dealing with cold, damp and mud. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is providing a winter cash assistance to 870,000 Syrian refugees from November through March, to help them pay for essentials including heating fuel and warm clothes. You can help us keep more Syrian refugees warm through this harsh winter: 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 us at or --- 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.
  13 Jan 2017   1m12s 14 333 0
Welcome to Greece
Description: Newly arrived refugees in Europe face many hardships. When Vasilis Tsartsanis noticed Syrian refugees arriving in his town, he decided to help them, an act of kindness that would change their lives—and his own. Learn more:
  13 Jan 2017   9m11s 25 482 0
UKRAINE | Life in a Buffer Zone
Description: Since the conflict began in eastern Ukraine in April 2014, MSF has supported more than 350 health facilities on both sides of the contact line. Due to the unstable and insecure environment, anxiety related disorders continue to be the main issue among mental health patients, followed by depression. Among patients MSF sees for general medical consultations, cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes are the two main conditions being reported. In the 25 locations MSF mobile teams are working in, more than 36,800 medical consultations and 5,980 individual and group mental health consultations have been carried out. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. SUBSCRIBE HERE: Help us caption & translate this video!
  13 Jan 2017   5m29s 9 218 0
Thousands displaced from Mosul yearn for the day they can return home
Description: More than 140,000 people have been displaced from Mosul and its outskirts. Now, as people try to return to their villages, they are finding a devastating reality. The ICRC continues to help the people of Mosul as they return home, by providing food and emergency relief items.
  13 Jan 2017   1m3s 4 204 0