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Looking forward to 2017

Dear IIHA Community,

As we wrap up the first month of 2017, allow me to extend my warmest wishes to you for the year ahead. 2017 promises to be a year of great growth for the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and I wanted to reach out to you, to review where we are going, and how we intend to deepen our engagement with our community.

After 16 years of continued growth and nomadic movement through four different offices at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus in New York City, the IIHA will move to the Rose Hill campus. By being closer to Fordham’s academic community, we hope we will be able to provide new opportunities for our students. We will be located in Canisius Hall where additional space will allow us to bring in more dedicated research fellows and host exhibitions, lectures, and other extra-curricular events. This is the first of many changes that 2017 will bring.

After five years, we are saying goodbye to Dr. Alexander van Tulleken who is moving on from the Senior Fellow position to concentrate on his medical, media and humanitarian work throughout the world. This is no small change. Under his academic guidance, the undergraduate program flourished, and his insight and multidisciplinary and praxis-based approach informed our transformative approach to education. I know the decision to leave his undergraduate teaching and advising role with the Institute was not an easy one, but we are confident he will continue to be an active contributor to the Institute.

We are actively seeking his replacement and are fortunate to have welcomed two new members to the team. Ms. Angela Wells will serve as our the new IIHA Communications Officer. Ms. Wells, who had been working with Jesuit Refugee Service in East Africa, will direct our social media, websites, and communications initiatives. She looks forward to working with and being a resource for all of you. Giulio Coppi has become the first Humanitarian Innovation Fellow at the Institute. Mr. Coppi is the founder of High Tech Humanitarians, a project for humanitarian innovators supported by the Institute.

He is one of four core team of contingent faculty and research fellows teaching our undergraduate courses this semester, including:

  • Pat Foley, an applied anthropologist with 20 years of experience in emergencies, recovery and development;
  • Giulio Coppi, an expert on the use of Open Source technology and community-based approaches to humanitarian response;
  • Laura Perez, an internationally recognized expert on the protection of children in situations of armed conflict; and
  • Rene Desiderio, a technical expert in emergency and humanitarian response operations as well as topics ranging from population and development to international migration and gender.

We are additionally endeavoring to launch a new Master’s in Humanitarian Studies program, based on our New York campus. Paperwork for this initiative has been submitted to the New York State Department of Education and we are awaiting their approval. This program will allow us to extend our training to recent undergraduates and young professionals seeking to make their next step in their humanitarian careers.

Our Master’s in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA) program and short courses for humanitarian workers will also continue to thrive with courses around the world. This year we will host three diploma (IDHA) courses in Nepal, New York and Vienna, as well as specialized short courses in Barcelona, Amman and Vienna. We are particularly excited for the summer IDHA in New York, as this will be the 50th diploma course to date. We are proud to have reached this milestone and will commemorate it with memorable activities.

As the year progresses forward, we hope to be an intellectual catalyst of discussion, collaboration and action toward a more socially just world. Our door and ears are open and we look forward to hearing your thoughts on how we can better serve this community.

Warmest regards,

Brendan Cahill
Executive Director
Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
Program Chair, Humanitarian Studies

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Humanitarian Newsletter: October 26, 2016

Read the latest IIHA Humanitarian Newsletteriiha-with-website featuring a letter from Executive Director Brendan Cahill about the upcoming departure of Program Officer Kasia Laskowski from the IIHA team, news about Fordham University and the IIHA‘s new partnership with the International Organization for Migration, and articles by CIHC Board Member Lord David Owen and IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Alexander van Tulleken, M.D.! This edition also includes updates and reunions from our wonderful IIHA alumni around the world, a list of our upcoming training courses, jobs and internship opportunities in the humanitarian sector, and our monthly Innovation Corner by High Tech Humanitarians!

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CIHC and IIHA Team on Syria and the Refugee Crisis

In a recent article for The Huffington PostCIHC Board Member Lord David Owen emphasizes that Turkey has the potential to be a “crucial balancing factor in Syria by taking urgent humanitarian action with their troops and air power in relieving the siege of Aleppo,” as long as the world helps. Lord Owen also authored an article for the Guardian, “Peace in Syria is possible. Here’s how it can be achieved,” in which he echoes his claim that the “humanitarian imperative is for the region to act and the world to help.”
 
Meanwhile, the ongoing conflict in Syria continues to force people out of their homes and across borders into cities and refugee camps. In an editorial for the BMJ, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken, M.D., (IDHA 16) turns the focus to the current refugee crisis and explores how the crisis presents a paradox to healthcare providers: “Our efforts will always exacerbate the problem of ‘the camp’: the better the services are in a camp, the more people it attracts, reducing the pressure on other states to accept refugees for longer term resettlement.” He suggests healthcare workers find the balance between meeting immediate medical needs, while resisting becoming the mechanism by which the mass containment of people is justified.

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IIHA to Co-Host Screening of Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis on 10/17

Fontline Doctors 10.17Join Fordham’s Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA), and the UNICEF, No Lost Generation, and Arabic Clubs for a screening of Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis with Alexander van Tulleken, M.D.! View the flyer to learn more!
Interested in reading more about Dr. van Tulleken’s experience in creating the documentary? Read his blog post! 
 

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IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Authors Editorial for the BMJ

BMJ Cover PhotoThe UN estimates that 65 million people in the world today have been displaced by violence or armed conflict. In this editorial for the BMJ, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken, M.D., explores how the refugee crisis presents a paradox to healthcare providers: “Our efforts will always exacerbate the problem of ‘the camp’: the better the services are in a camp, the more people it attracts, reducing the pressure on other states to accept refugees for longer term resettlement.” He suggests healthcare workers find the balance between meeting immediate medical needs, while resisting becoming the mechanism by which the mass containment of people is justified.

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IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow featured guest at “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis” Screening in London

AvT Screening in UKTo mark World Refugee Day 2016,Doctors of the World UK hosted a unique screeningof the acclaimed BBC documentary “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis” at the art deco Ciné Lumière, part of the Institut français in South Kensington and recently voted in the top 10 London cinemas by Vogue (March 2016).

In this gripping documentary, IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken M.D. (IDHA 16) and his twin brother Christoffer Rudolphe van Tulleken M.D., travel from Lesbos, through the Balkans, to Calais and Dunkirk, spending time with medics, charities and volunteers who respond to the serious medical and human needs of refugees across Europe.

The documentary was followed by a Q&A discussion with Chris and Xand, both highly qualified doctors and Doctors of the World UK Board Members.

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Humanitarian Newsletter: May 12, 2016

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Read the IIHA Humanitarian Newsletter featuring a Humanitarian Spotlight on “Ecuador Earthquake Response: IDHA Alumni Working Together in the Field;” news about the recent work of IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Alexander van Tulleken, M.D.; and a wide array of alumni updates, humanitarian events and job opportunities! This edition also features news of CIHC Board Member Lady Helen Hamlyn’s recent visit to Fordham University, World Humanitarian Summit Updates, and the always interesting Humanitarian Innovation Corner of High Tech Humanitarians!

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Dr. Alexander Van Tulleken On Public Health And The Refugee Crisis

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.45.23 PMIIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Dr. Alexander van Tulleken (IDHA 16) was recently back in the news as keynote speaker of a session on “Providing Best Healthcare During the European Refugee Crisis – Mobilising Health and Care Support Services” during the four day International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Dr. van Tulleken spoke about the migrant crisis in Europe and focused on how to help deliver health services to the most vulnerable people across the migration route. He was also recently featured in an article written for the Fordham Political Review, “Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees: A Conversation with Dr. Alexander van Tulleken” that gives an outline of his work as a doctor and humanitarian, as well as on his most recent documentary “Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis.” You can find more on Dr. Van Tulleken’s most recent work on the IIHA blog.

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IIHA Event Series Featured Resources & Articles

In line with IIHA’s Spring Event Series “Challenges & Opportunities: Global Migration in the 21st Century”, below are some articles for further reading regarding the ongoing migration crisis.

Devex | Calais: A humanitarian ‘no man’s land’?

Many of the aid organizations that specialize in setting up and running refugee camps can’t go to Calais. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) lack the mandate to work in France. In their place, volunteer organizations and a smattering of international aid groups have set up shop amidst the endless tarpaulin and scrap metal shelters. Current active organizations include MSF, ACTED, Medecins du Monde, Care 4 Calais, and L’auberge des Migrants.

Devex spent two days in the camp shadowing aid workers and volunteers, asking what the Calais jungle means for the global humanitarian system, watch the video on their website.

Fordham Political Review | Compassion, Crossings, and Refugees

Fordham Political Review Editor, Katherine Labonte spoke with IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Alexander van Tulleken, M.D. about his recent documentary and his thoughts and opinions of the ongoing migration crisis. Read the interview in the Fordham Political Review.

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Headlining: Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow

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In February 2016, we featured IIHA Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow Dr. Alexander Van Tulleken’s article about the European Migration Crisis, which was written shortly after his return from filming the BBC One documentary, Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis. Alex, along with his twin brother Chris, spent two weeks observing and visiting camps and clinics throughout Europe to better understand the medical problems that migrants face. Earlier this March, the IIHA held a screening of the film, and Fordham News recently posted an article about the documentary and Alex’s experience in the camps. Alex was also featured in articles in the Evening Standard, Telegraph, and The Guardian.

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