Humanitarian Intervention in Emergencies: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives

written by On April 6, 2010 in 2010-2016, Uncategorized
The Center for Peace & Security Studies

invites you to a discussion on

Humanitarian Intervention
in Emergencies: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives


LCDR C. Spencer Abbot, USN
Department of Defense Representative
for Latin America at the
U.S. Agency for International Development


Christopher Daniel

Chief Operating Officer, World Connect

moderated by

Dr. Donald Daniel
Professor, Security Studies Program

April 13, 2010
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Executive Conference Room
Intercultural Center, 7th Floor
Georgetown University

Humanitarian emergencies around the globe, with the earthquake in Haiti serving as
the prime and most recent example, often trigger responses from a wide
range of different agencies and institutions. Governmental entities
like the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), military
units, non-governmental organizations, faith-based charities, and
supra-governmental bodies, such as the World Health Organization or the
UN World Food Programme, have all become regular participants in catastrophic relief operations.

What principles and procedures guide these disparate actors in their
shared work? How do they interact and cooperate – or fail to? Do they
bring unique strengths and capabilities, or is this dynamic merely
another example of operational redundancy brought on by zero-sum
competition for funding?

The panelists will
consider these questions, and many others, as they bring their
extensive collective experience to bear on issues facing humanitarian
intervention in emergencies in today’s global environment.

Commander Spencer Abbot is the Department of Defense Representative for
Latin America at USAID. LCDR Abbot is a FA-18 Hornet pilot and has
participated in Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom,
and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as an exchange FA-18 pilot
with the Spanish Air Force and during that tour completed an
in-residence Executive MBA, taken in Spanish, at Instituto de Empresa
in Madrid. LCDR Abbot has worked as an election supervisor for the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during
several elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, and he has
completed a term as a Military Fellow at the Center for a New American
Security (CNAS).

Daniel is the Chief Operating Officer of World Connect, a humanitarian
organization founded in 2005 that is focused on improving the health
and well-being of women and children in under-served and
under-resourced communities worldwide. Mr. Daniel previously worked at
the Rhode Island Department of Health, where he oversaw the RI Responds
Medical Volunteer Program and coordinated the state’s Strategic
National Stockpile Program. He began his humanitarian career as a Peace
Corps Volunteer in Cameroon and subsequently served in multiple
leadership roles for Catholic Relief Services. He has worked throughout
Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, responding to
natural and manmade disasters in countries such as Belize, the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Pakistan,
Sierra Leone and Sudan (Darfur).

Donald Daniel is a Professor and member of the core faculty in the
Security Studies Program. Prior to joining the full-time SSP faculty in
August 2002, Prof. Daniel was Special Assistant to the Chairman of the
National Intelligence Council. He has edited and contributed to a
number of works on peacekeeping operations, including Beyond Traditional Peacekeeping (Macmillan 1995), Coercive Inducement and the Containment of Crises (U.S. Institute of Peace 1999), Leveraging for Success in United Nations Peace
(Greenwood and Praeger 2003), and Peace Operations: Trends, Progress, and Prospects (Georgetown University Press 2008).

We hope you will join us for this particularly timely and vital discussion. Lunch will be available.

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