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Project Summary

When humanitarian crises arise, regional context shapes both the conflict at hand and the response. To the extent that international debate focuses just on the United Nations or is framed purely in terms of universal principles, crucial factors will be missed. The foundation is collaborating with the Fund for Peace on a project to explore this critical dimension of the issue. Indeed, for many of the humanitarian crises of the last several years, it has been regional and subregional organizations, or coalitions—rather than the United Nations—that have served as the main framework for forcible intervention. NATO intervened in Kosovo. An Australian-led coalition of the willing moved into East Timor. In Liberia and Sierra Leone, it was ECOWAS members who stepped up to the task.

This project will convene a series of four conferences at which senior diplomats, military officers, journalists, and human rights lawyers from Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe will offer regional perspectives on the issues raised by humanitarian crises and forceful intervention. The first conference—in which 18 Africans from 16 countries took part—yielded many practical ideas for how Africans and leading international powers such as the United States can together prepare for a possible humanitarian crisis in their region. The second conference, with representatives from the Americas, will take place in early April, and the conference on Asia is scheduled for July.

More information is available on the Fund for Peace Web site.

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