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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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CIHC Board Member Suggests Way Forward for International Response to Syrian Conflict

A European Union and Turkish flag fly outside a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, May 4, 2016. (Photo by Murad Sezer/ Reuters)

In a recent article for The Huffington Post, CIHC 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.”

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Bound by Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans

Bound by Conflict

Since its independence on January 1, 1956, Sudan has been at war with itself. Through the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005, the North–South dimension of the conflict was seemingly resolved by the independence of the South on July 9, 2011. However, as a result of issues that were not resolved by the CPA, conflicts within the two countries have reignited conflict between them because of allegations of support for each other’s rebels.

In Bound by Conflict: Dilemmas of the Two Sudans, Francis M. Deng and Daniel J. Deng critique the tendency to see these conflicts as separate and to seek isolated solutions for them, when, in fact, they are closely intertwined. The policy implication is that resolving conflicts within the two Sudans is critical to the prospects of achieving peace, security, and stability between them, with the potential of moving them to some form of meaningful association.

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About the Author:

On August 1st 2012, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan appointed Dr. Francis Mading Deng Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary and the Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations. Five years earlier, Dr. Deng was named by UN Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon as his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide at the level of Under-Secretary-General. He also served as Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons from1992 to 2004. Dr. Deng was a Human Rights Officer in the United Nations Secretariat from 1967 to 1972 after which he served as the Ambassador of the Sudan to Canada, the Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden and the United States and as the Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. After leaving the Foreign Service of his country, Dr. Deng became affiliated with leading think-tanks and research institutions in the United States, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the United States Institute of Peace, the Kluge Center for Scholars of the Library of Congress, and the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was the first Distinguished Fellow of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Dr. Deng was also a visiting Lecturer at Yale University Law School, a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Research Professor of Politics, Law and Society at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Francis Deng graduated with an LL.B (Honours) from Khartoum University, was appointed to the Academic staff of the Faculty and pursued post-graduate studies at London University and at Yale University Law School, where he obtained the LL.M and the JSD degrees in 1965 and 1968 respectively. Dr. Deng is on the Board of Directors for the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) and is an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA) Honoris Causa Recipient. Dr. Deng has authored and edited over thirty books. His most recent book is Bound by Conflict.

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