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Humanitarian Relief in the Wake of Manmade and Natural Disasters

Weissberg Chair Conference on Humanitarian Relief in the Wake of Manmade and Natural Disasters

Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 1:00 - 4:30 pm, Moore Study Lounge, Pearsons Hall

Egeland A Billion Lives

photo credit:
Simon & Schuster, Inc.

This Saturday afternoon conference was held in conjunction with the 2008 Weissberg Chair Residency at Beloit College of Jan Egeland, former chief humanitarian relief coordinator for the United Nations and currently advisor to the U.N. on conflict mediation. 

Featured were two 90-minute panels comparing the responses to humanitarian emergencies in Darfur and Colombia, focusing on the role of the UN, the obstacles to the delivery of humanitarian assistance, and the situation of internally displaced persons and refugees.

The Darfur Case

Speakers include:

Jan Egeland thumbnail

photo courtesy of the
OCHA website

Jan Egeland,
Weissberg Chair

Scott Straus

photo courtesy
of U.W. Madison
Political Science
department website

Scott Straus,
Departments of
Political Science
and International
Studies, University
of Wisconsin,
Madison

Roberta Cohen

photo courtesy
of The Brookings
Institution website

Roberta Cohen,
Nonresident
Senior Fellow,
Foreign Policy,
The Brookings
Institution

The Colombia Case

Speakers include:

Jan Egeland thumbnail

photo courtesy of the
OCHA website

Jan Egeland,
Weissberg Chair

Andrea Lari

photo courtesy
of Andrea Lari

Andrea Lari,
Senior Advocate,
Refugees International

Adam Isacson

photo courtesy
of the Center
for International
Policy website

Adam Isacson,
Program Director
at the Center for
International Policy

Conference schedule:

1:00 - 1:15 - Opening Remarks
1:15 - 2:45 - Panel I
2:45 - 3:00 - Coffee break
3:00 - 4:30 - Panel II
4:30 - Reception with speakers and conference participants