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March 30, 7:00 PM

Humanitarianism in Action: Security and Peace in Central Africa

Dr. Yvan Yenda Ilunga, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Providence College in Rhode Island, and instructor of Political Science at JMU, discusses his book, Humanitarianism and Security: Trouble and Hope at the Heart of Africa. Centering on Central Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo specifically, Ilunga discusses the correlation between humanitarian crisis and issues of security, displacement, and the refugee and internally displaced persons crisis, delving into how the road toward peace must take into account pre-colonial security dynamics as well as the role of identity in rhetoric and recovery strategies. Additionally, the author will discuss the writing and publishing process. The event will be held virtually and will include a live Q&A session. 

April 6, 2021 at 7:00 PM

Conversations with Leading Women in Humanitarian Mine Action: Beyond 2021 in Post-Conflict Development

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CISR will host women leaders from the U.S. Department of State (Emma Atkinson), The HALO Trust (Kristen Stevens), and the Marshall Legacy Institute (Elise Becker) who will discuss their personal career paths, talk about how gender has impacted their work, and the specific challenges impacting the humanitarian sector’s responsiveness to issues of inclusiveness and diversity. Additionally, we’ll discuss the main challenges affecting the humanitarian sector as a whole, and humanitarian mine action specifically, focusing on the challenges of funding, politics and policy, unstable environments, and how the global health pandemic has affected their organization’s operations during 2020 until the present.
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