Updates

Your gateway to all content to date. Search and/or drill down with filters to narrow down the content.

78 entries found
Sort by: Latest |Relevance
27 Jun 2017 description
report Chatham House

Executive Summary

08 Apr 2017 description
report Chatham House

Summary

• The politicization of humanitarian funding in response to the Syrian conflict has had a negative impact on coordination between the major international humanitarian actors. For their part,
UN agencies and international humanitarian organizations appear more focused on winning big contracts than drawing up and implementing effective strategies to coordinate the humanitarian response to the Syrian conflict and its consequences in Lebanon.

08 Apr 2017 description
report Chatham House

Summary

• The 2014–16 West African Ebola epidemic was unprecedented in both scale and duration.
By March 2016, when the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an end to the Public Health Emergency of International Concern declared in August 2014, some 28,616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases, with 11,310 deaths, had been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – the three worst-affected countries.

07 Apr 2017 description
report Chatham House

Summary

• In delivering assistance to civilians in areas controlled by non-state armed groups (NSAGs), humanitarian actors sometimes have no choice but to make payments or provide incidental benefts to NSAGs.

18 Sep 2016 description
report Chatham House

International and regional governmental engagement does not guarantee the success of long-term reform, but continued isolation will almost certainly lead to the failure of reforms to take hold.

Summary and Recommendations

18 Sep 2016 description
report Chatham House

Globally gender remains a key factor in differing health outcomes for men and women. This article analyses the particular relevance of gender for debates about global health and the role for international human rights law in supporting improved health outcomes during public health emergencies.

18 Sep 2016 description
report Chatham House

The Syrian refugee crisis is increasing energy and water stresses in neighbouring countries like Jordan. International aid flows offer an opportunity to build long-term resilience to shortages.

  • Jordan has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees since it gained independence in 1946, with the majority of them successfully integrating into the country’s vibrant, peaceful society.

17 Nov 2015 description
report Chatham House

Summary

Energy use by displaced people is economically, environmentally and socially unsustainable. Children and women bear the greatest costs. In 2014 household energy use among forcibly displaced people amounted to around 3.5 million tonnes of oil equivalent at an estimated cost of $2.1 billion. This minimal energy use generates disproportionate emissions.

23 Jun 2015 description
report Chatham House

David Butter

Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

With the Syrian conflict showing no sign of abating, the relationship between the state of the battered economy and the political and military position of the Assad regime will be a critical element in the conflict’s evolution.

  • The impact on the Syrian economy of four years of conflict is hard to quantify, and no statistical analysis can adequately convey the scale of the human devastation that the war has wrought.

17 Apr 2015 description
report Chatham House

Experiences in Afghanistan highlight the fundamental challenge IEDs pose to the humanitarian sector, as the principles of neutrality and impartiality are eroded and humanitarian aid is increasingly militarized and politicized.

30 Dec 2014 description
report Chatham House

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), still emerging from decades of war and generations of pervasive misrule, may be in a position to break loose from a seemingly eternal repetition of violence and mismanagement, and move towards both a democratic transition of power and genuine postconflict stabilization.

14 Nov 2014 description
report Chatham House

Executive Summary and Recommendations

29 Nov 2013 description

INTRODUCTION

Late 2012 was a time of gloomy predictions about the future of Afghanistan. Several Western think tanks had recently produced reports predicting that the country would slide into civil war after international forces withdrew in 2014. The airwaves were full of pundits discussing these doomsday scenarios.

International attention was suddenly focussed on the possibility that the much vaunted triple transition (security, political and economic) in Afghanistan could fail - and lead to an exacerbation of the conflict.

25 Nov 2013 description

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in partnership with Chatham House and the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, convened the first meeting of governmental and other experts to discuss ways to strengthen the protection of civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
The discussions established the parameters of a roadmap for complementary work streams on this topic for OCHA and others, including partner States, United Nations actors, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and civil society.

05 Apr 2013 description
report Chatham House

Despite strong economic growth in many countries of the Horn and Sahel, environmental and demographic changes coupled to low levels of political inclusion and high instability mean that the risk of acute food crises is likely to increase. Conflict and geopolitics act as risk multipliers, meaning that full-blown famine remains a real threat, as was seen most recently in Somalia during 2011.

30 Sep 2010 description
report Chatham House

Ashley South with Malin Perhult and Nils Carstensen

Key points

• People living in armed conflict-affected south-east Burma have a detailed and sophisticated understanding of threats to their safety, livelihood options and general well-being. For ethnic Karen civilians, protection and livelihood concerns are deeply interconnected.

10 Mar 2010 description
report Chatham House

Expert Comment - 10 March 2010

Elizabeth Donnelly, Africa Programme Manager

Violent conflict in the city of Jos - and in much of Nigeria - is about rights, access to resources and access to power. In the latest attacks, more than 200 people have been killed at the hands of mobs armed with machetes. These atrocities follow a violent outbreak in late January when more than 300 people are thought to have been killed and are believed to be reprisal attacks.

28 Feb 2010 description
report Chatham House

Briefing Paper

Mick Dumper and Wendy Pullan, February 2010

Summary points

- Despite the lack of progress in negotiations over the future of Jerusalem, the situation on the ground is not static. Dynamic developments are creating grave new realities which risk becoming irreversible.

- The settler-driven entrenchment of the Israeli government in East Jerusalem is reaching the point at which a peaceful division of the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state may no longer be possible.

- Current Israeli policies of segregation and exclusivity are leading to the …

28 Feb 2010 description
report Chatham House

Briefing Paper

Joel Peters, February 2010

Summary points

- Diplomatic efforts aimed at bringing Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, however concerted, are not sufficient by themselves to change the underlining dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.