Friday, May 4, 2018
9:00am – 5:30pm
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155
Between 2000 and 2011 there were no famines, and deaths in humanitarian emergencies had been much reduced. Yet today famine has returned to the world stage. In 2017, the United Nations identified four situations of acute food insecurity that threatened famine or breached that threshold—in north-eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.
Drawing on Tufts University’s distinguished record of scholarship and public engagement on the subject of famine, this conference will bring together faculty and researchers from across the University, in conversation with outside experts. Panels will address why famine has returned, today’s humanitarian challenges, legal and political issues related to criminalizing famine, and the most pressing famine of today, Yemen.
This event is free. Please register here.
9:00- 9:30am – Welcome and Introductions
Welcome and introductions: Greg Gottlieb, Feinstein International Center and Alex de Waal, World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
9:30-11:00am – Panel One: Why has Famine Returned?
Panelists will address the multi-causal nature of famine, including looking at climatic, food production, economic and political causes of famine, and how these contributed both to the spectacular decline in famines and to new and emergent famine risks.
Chair: Diana Chigas
11:30-1:00pm – Panel Two: Challenges of Humanitarian Action
Panelists will address the way in which humanitarian action has become more extensive, ambitious, complex and professional than ever before, with a wider than ever number of actors. They will examine the nutritional, public health, logistical, informational, coordination and security challenges of mounting humanitarian responses.
Chair: Dan Maxwell
1:00-2:00pm – Lunch based on standard humanitarian aid rations will be served
2:00-3:30pm – Panel Three: The Politics and Law of Starvation
Panelists will address the question of starvation as a war crime or crime against humanity, and as a political failure, and the measures that could be undertaken to enhance political will to prevent famine and legal and political actions to ensure accountability for starvation crimes.
Chair: Bridget Conley
Alex de Waal
Rhoda E. Howard–Hassmann
4:00-5:30pm – Panel Four: The Crisis in Yemen
The humanitarian crisis is the biggest disaster of food crisis, health crisis and the massive destruction of livelihoods of our time. It is largely a man-made disaster, perpetrated on a civilian population as a byproduct of the conduct of war—a war in close western allies have a leading role. Panelists will discuss the Yemen crisis and what should be the international response.
Chair: Greg Gottlieb
Alex de Waal, Executive Director, World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Bill Moomaw, Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Bridget Conley, Research Director, World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Dan Maxwell, Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Diana Chigas, Professor of the Practice of International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Senior International Officer and Associate Provost, Tufts University
Dyan Mazurana, Research Director, Gender, Youth, and Community, Feinstein; Associate Research Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Director, Masters of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) program; Senior Fellow, World Peace Foundation
Erin Boyd, Adjunct Instructor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Greg Gottlieb, Director, Feinstein International Center, Irwin H. Rosenberg Professor in Nutrition and Human Security, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University
Jennifer Leaning, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Director, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University
Luka Kuol, Professor of Practice for Security Studies, Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Martha Mundy, Professor Emeritus Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science
Monica Toft, Professor of International Politics, Director of the Center for Strategic Studies, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Patrick Webb, Alexander McFarlane Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Rhoda E. Howard – Hassmann, Professor, School of International Policy and Governance, and Department of Political Science; Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, Wilfred Laurier University
Tom Dannenbaum, Assistant Professor of International Law, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University