Humanitarian Negotiation Series: Protection of Medical Personnel and Operations at the Frontlines
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This panel discussion, organized in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School's Middle East Initiative, will explore the opportunities and challenges of negotiating protections for medical missions at the frontline, focusing particularly on tools and methods to strengthen humanitarian operations and negotiation capacity in complex environments. The featured practitioners and experts will explore the following questions:
- What are the main security challenges and threats facing humanitarian workers, and how do these threats affect the delivery of humanitarian assistance and protection?
- What dilemmas arise for principled humanitarian action in difficult security environments? How can humanitarians maintain their neutrality, impartiality and independence in the face of these security challenges?
- How does the law currently protect humanitarian professionals in insecure settings, and what gaps exist with regard to these legal protections?
- How can humanitarian agencies ensure the protection of medical infrastructure in negotiations with counterparts, and what are the means and methods to ensure that these agreements are implemented and maintained?
- What tools and methods are required to enhance the capacity of humanitarian professionals in negotiating medical operations, particularly in terms of mitigating risks, and ensuring implementation of programming?
- How does the environment in which humanitarian operations take place influence the capacity and approach of humanitarian negotiations at the frontline?
Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Adrienne L. Fricke
Senior Fellow, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Hilary A. Rantisi
Director, Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Head of Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada, International Committee of the Red Cross
Dr. Michael VanRooyen
Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative