Past Event

Twenty Years On: Humanitarian Action and the Legacy of the Iraq War

November 9, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Pulitzer Hall, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 Lecture Hall

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Over the course of 2023, the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University and the Columbia Global Center in Amman have been co-convening a webinar series to mark the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq and reflect on its enduring impact on the humanitarian landscape. Culminating the series is this fourth and final webinar exploring technology's influence on the nature of warfare and humanitarian action which is co-hosted with the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism.

The 9/11 attacks and subsequent invasion of Iraq marked the onset of a period characterized by swift advancements in military technology, resulting in a fundamental shift in the nature of warfare and in far-reaching effects on humanitarian action. The advancement of technology has ushered in a new phase of war strategy in which satellite surveillance, drones, precision munitions, artificial intelligence, and other technologies increasingly complicate the nature of conflict and change the experiences of civilians living in conflict zones. This panel will explore how technology has been harnessed in war, creating new vulnerabilities for civilians, while also offering innovative opportunities within humanitarian systems established to safeguard individuals exposed to conflict.


Azmat Khan, Patti Cadby Birch Assistant Professor of Journalism and Director of the Simon and June Li Center for Global Journalism

Belkis Wille, Associate Director of the Crisis and Conflict Division at Human Rights Watch

Laura Walker McDonald, Senior Advisor on Digital Technology and Data Protection, International Committee of the Red Cross

Monette Zard, Associate Professor and Director, Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University (moderator)

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Mindy Myers