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Alumni Update: Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen (IDHA 9, MIHA)

00498_27102016Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen (IDHA 9, MIHA) was recently part of a delegation from the South Sudan Council of Churches that had the honor of meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican. The delegation shared with Pope Francis about the current situation in South Sudan and their own involvement and efforts through the Council of Churches to encourage peace, healing, and reconciliation. Read the Press Statement! 

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Program Officer Kasia Laskowski to Leave IIHA in Early November

2016-07-01-11-27-08-1This month’s issue of The Humanitarian Newsletter marks the last one under the steady and loving hand of Kasia Laskowski (IDHA 40), who is leaving the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs in early November.
Kasia began her career with the IIHA as part of the international team, working, under the direction of Larry Hollingworth, on our humanitarian training programs held throughout the world. Needing new challenges, although not so secretly mourning her life on the road, she returned to New York to oversee social media and alumni relations for the IIHA and the CIHC. fullsizerenderShe was, when I met her, six years ago, as is she is now – careful, compassionate, humble, flexible, imaginative, and almost ruthlessly efficient – a perfectionist at her work, an old soul providing wise counsel, spiritual direction, and, to many of the IDHA diaspora, even a couch to sleep on in her New York City apartment. Hundreds of students, lecturers and interns will remember her exacting standards, her energy and her sensitivity to all.
We constantly speak about family in the IDHA and in our graduate and undergraduate courses and there is no better example of this than Kasia. img_7057Our Institute grew with her as an integral part of the team and it will grow further because of the hard work she put in to making it central to Fordham’s mission, sharing its news, and the news of so many other academic programs throughout the world. Possessing an almost perfect laugh, the kind of laugh that changes the atmosphere in a room, she will be missed by so many, not least by me. I always knew this day would come, but it makes it no less easy as it approaches.
On behalf of everyone at the IIHA, I wish Kasia fair skies and following seas and look forward to working with her in the next stage of her career.
Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9)
Executive Director, IIHA

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Alumni Update: Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen (IDHA 9, MIHA)

Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen (IDHA 9, MIHA) recently responded to an article featured on Insight on Conflict run by PeaceDirect. His response, rich in both experience and insight, was then featured as its own article, “The Complex History of Violence in South Sudan.” In his article, Ferdinand details what he has learned from his 20 years of field experience in the country, and he argues that in order to understand the current conflict within the country we must look to South Sudan’s complex history – a history that does not always fit into the frameworks and narratives that the international community often tends to impose upon it.

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Humanitarian Newsletter: March 17, 2016

Read the latest newsletter featuring a letter from IIHA Executive Director Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9) announcing new partnerships with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Jesuit Refugee Service – JRS! This edition also remembers the life of CIHC Board Member Boutros Boutros-Ghali and includes a reflection on the IDHA 47 Graduation Ceremony, updates on Humanitarian Innovation from High Tech Humanitarians, and a chance to debate the future of refugee camps.

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Letter from IIHA Executive Director, Brendan Cahill


Dear friends,

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) movement is made up of 190 national societies throughout the world, with more than 100 million members. It has, for nearly twenty years, been a strong partner in our training, sharing its expertise and sending its members for our courses. On February 25, I joined IFRC Secretary General, H.E. Elhadj As Sy, in signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the IFRC and Fordham University. This agreement recognizes the work we have done together and formalizes our partnership in training, research and other areas of mutual interest.
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We are also pleased to announce a signed Memorandum of Understanding with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). Founded in 1975, JRS has, as its mission, “to accompany, serve and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons”. We have worked with JRS for many years, training their country directors and regional directors, and, as an Institute within a Jesuit University, our goals are similar.
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In both cases, our partners not only want to offer assistance to those in need, but to also allow them to retain their dignity and to be a part of their own recovery process. With the IFRC, they enable the national societies to rebuild their own capacity. With JRS, they accompany those they serve, and bear personal witness to those trials and tribulations.
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Our Institute began with the idea that we had as much to learn as we did to teach, and our growth, through the IDHA, the MIHA, the undergraduate programs and our publications, is directly connected to the personal relationships we’ve fostered over the last twenty years. These two memoranda build on that.
Best,
Brendan Cahill  (IDHA 9)
IIHA Executive Director

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Alumni Update: Brendan Cahill (IIHA Executive Director, IDHA 9)

In the Fordham News article “2016: Which Way are We Headed?” Brendan Cahill (IIHA Executive Director, IDHA 9) looks ahead to what 2016 might bring for the swell of refugees and global refugee services.

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Alumni Update: Brendan Cahill (IIHA Executive Director, IDHA 9) and Joanna Whitaker (IDHA 15)

108b3c73-4426-49a5-8930-e028f0db6572Brendan Cahill (IIHA Executive Director, IDHA 9) and Joanna Whitaker (IDHA 15), both graduates of the IDHA Geneva course, find a moment to catch up at the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner in New York.

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Alumni Update: Diego Guerrero Oris (IDHA 9, IDHA Tutor)

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Congratulations to Diego Guerrero Oris (IDHA 9 and IDHA Tutor) and his partner Raquel, who recently welcomed baby Ariel Guerrero Oris to the world!

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