Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs Bi-Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter: July 8, 2013 – July 22, 2013 Humanitarian


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Bi-Weekly Humanitarian Newsletter: July 8, 2013 – July 22, 2013

Humanitarian Spotlight: Violence Increases in Egypt

Violence is increasing in Egypt as Mohamed Morsi’s supporters clash with the military. A civilian and military council ousted President Morsi last week after mass demonstrations against his leadership, causing political turmoil in the country, especially amongst the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s ruling party.

On July 7, reports emerged that the Egyptian military had killed over 40 of Morsi’s supporters, who were holding a vigil outside of the building where he is said to be imprisoned. The Egyptian military, according to the New York Times, countered that the vigil attendees were armed, and actively fought back against military and police.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stressed the need for calm from all parties involved. “I hope that the rule of law and a system of government that respects the human rights of all Egyptians – men and women – can be quickly re-established,” she said. She also strongly urged the ruling parties in Egypt to make certain that no organization or group is being targeted for retribution.

For more information on the increasing violence in Egypt, please refer to:
The UN
The New York Times

International Humanitarian Affairs Book Series

IIHA HistoryandHope

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs is proud to announce its new book, History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader.

History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader provides a growing audience --both within and outside academia--with a better understanding of the multi-faceted demands posed by humanitarian assistance programs. Contributors include many of the leading figures in international diplomacy, relief and refugee operations, conflict resolution and reconciliation, and transition from disaster to stability and development, from the chaos of war to peace.

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New York City Events


Thursday, July 11, 6:30 PM– 8:30 PM

High Tech, Low Life follows Zola and Tiger Temple – two of China’s first citizen reporters – in their journey across the country covering under-reported stories and social issues at the risk of political persecution. Directed and produced by Stephen Maing, the documentary paints a revealing cultural and political portrait of modern-day China and the changing face of media in the 21st century.

Location: 199 Lafayette Street, Suite 3B

Thursday, July 11 - Friday, July 12
Thematic Workshop on Counterterrorism Policies and Implications for Humanitarian Action

Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection will offer a two-day Thematic Workshop on Counterterrorism Policies and Implications for Humanitarian Action. Focusing on international humanitarian law and international human rights, the workshop will address legal challenges that arise from working within states fighting terrorism. Participants will look at different interpretations and debates surrounding these two bodies of law and the implications they have on humanitarian engagement during armed conflict. Analyzing examples of past and hypothetical scenarios, participants will be exposed to the challenges facing not only humanitarians, but also human rights advocates, states, and military professionals in an effort to combat terrorism. Registration is required to attend this workshop.

Location: 630 Second Avenue

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Third Annual GenR Party to Benefit the IRC

Hosted by Generation Rescue, a group of young professionals working to advance the efforts of the IRC, the Third Annual GenR Party will be a fundraising event to advocate for the work being done by the International Rescue Committee, celebrate their achievements and educate attendees on what needs to be done going forward. With a special menu prepared by Chef David Burke, and appearances by actresses Morena Baccarin (of Showtime's Homeland), Rashida Jones (of NBC's Parks and Recreation), and Sarah Waynes Callies (of AMC's The Walking Dead); the night will be filled with great food, drinks and music. All proceeds will go towards supporting the humanitarian efforts being made by the IRC. RSVP is required by July 23, 11:00 PM.

Location: David Burke Garden at The James Hotel, 23 Grand Street (and Sixth Avenue), SoHo

National Events

Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum: "Opting Out of War: Strategies to Prevent Violent Conflict"

John Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies is holding a conflict resolution forum exploring strategies to implement before and during times of instability in order to maintain peace in a region. Guest speakers Marshall Williams, director of the Collaborative for Development Action, and Kristin Doughty, assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Rochester, will discuss preventive measures that have been taken by civilians in the past to protect themselves during an outbreak of violence. By looking at examples of responses, attendees will discuss what made these efforts successful and how this information can be used to prevent violence from continuing and spreading in other cases.

Location: Kenney Auditorium at The Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington D.C., DC 20036

International Events

Thursday, August 22 - Tuesday, August 27
Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders

The CDA Weeklong Seminar is an international and interdisciplinary gathering of students, young professionals, and cultural practitioners from across the world. The seminar provides an excellent opportunity for young people to expand their knowledge of current and future developments in these fields, meet with current and former key cultural players and politicians, build sustainable networks with each other, and experience the rich and diverse cultural life of the city of Berlin.

In addition to the academic components, participants will take part in a range of social and cultural activities that will allow them to experience Berlin's unique cultural landscape. These activities will include group dinners and drinks, trips to artistic performances, concerts, and literary readings, and visits to important cultural and artistic landmarks.

Location: Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus) Kurfürstendamm 207-8, Berlin, Berlin, 10719, Germany

Job and Internship Opportunities

Doctors Without Borders – Internship – New York

Doctor’s Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization committed to bringing quality healthcare to affected populations regardless of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF will be offering paid internships throughout the Fall semester. Interns will gain practical work experience with positions available in Development, Communications, Human Resources and Programming departments. Working at the New York office, interns will work closely with experts in the field of humanitarian assistance analyzing emergency situations, gathering and input data, conducting research and drafting reports among other duties. Application deadline to be considered for the September 3 – December 20 internship cycle is August 9, 2013.

IREX - Program Associate - Washington, DC

IREX seeks an entry-level Program Associate for its Education Programs Division to provide support to international education programs.

The duties and responsibilities of this position include: working closely with the program team on overall program administration including providing logistical support to program participants and university hosts; creating, maintaining, and updating information and financial records of program participants; tracking a wide range of information and data, maintaining accuracy and completeness; and ensuring compliance with organization and donor regulations.

Application deadline is July 20, 2013.

Oxfam – Public Health Promotion Adviser

Oxfam is composed of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.

Oxfam is currently seeking a Public Health Adviser for their Rapid Response Team to provide technical support on assessment and implementation of emergency work overseas. Based in England, post holder will be responsible for providing surge support for countries in emergency situations, work to ensure gender and protection are addressed throughout program activities, lead on research and innovation in the promotion of public health, and support the global network of Oxfam humanitarian actors by monitoring and evaluating colleagues and ensuring their access to necessary supplies.


Save the Children International – Emergency Nutrition Advisor

Save the Children International responds to emergency situations providing food, medical care and education to affected communities while implementing long-term recovery programs to resolve ongoing struggles of poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease.

The Emergency Nutrition Advisor will be responsible for designing, testing and evaluating innovations to advance emergency nutrition programing during emergencies. Collaborating with the rest of the Health and Nutrition team, post holder must be able to play a lead role in ensuring nutrition activities. This includes rapidly analyzing emergency situations and developing a proper and effective response, mobilizing resources, overseeing program implementation, handling budget and sustaining donor and partner relationships. Considerable field experience in humanitarian or relief work is required to obtain this position. Must be willing to deploy to Category 1 and 2 emergencies as needed.

Humanitarian Programs at Fordham

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International Humanitarian Affairs Minor:
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs has established the International Humanitarian Affairs Minor, available to undergraduate students at Fordham College Lincoln Center and Rose Hill. This interdisciplinary minor offers students a comprehensive understanding of issues central to contemporary humanitarian affairs. The Minor offers an in-depth analysis of the humanitarian field, enabling students to acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience.

Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA):
The IIHA and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) have joined together to offer a comprehensive Master’s program that combines the experience of long-time humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty. The program combines the experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals with the academic strength of Fordham faculty from the School of Law and the Graduate Schools of Business and Social Service, who provide students with the political, historical, legal and ethical contexts of past, present and future emergencies.