Afghan soldiers during basic training in 2010. Photo: ResoluteSupportMedia / Flickr / CCBY 2.0
Afghan soldiers during basic training in 2010. Photo: ResoluteSupportMedia / Flickr / CCBY 2.0

The Norwegian Centre of Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) Annual Meeting will take place on 2-3 December and will be organized as a hybrid event.

The recordings from this event are available on theNCHS website.

This year's overarching theme is "Humanitarian Protection 20 Years into the 'Global War on Terror'". Twenty years after 9/11 and the US-led intervention in Afghanistan, what has come to be referred to as the "Global War on Terror" has drastically affected the paradigm of humanitarian protection. In the wake of the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, humanitarian actors, more than ever, find themselves having to navigate sanctions, counterterrorism frameworks, regime changes, politicization, and criminalization. At the Annual Meeting, we will discuss the implications of the global war on terror and the possible ways forward for humanitarian actors in dealing with the challenges of providing protection in this environment.

The NCHS Research Network's Annual Meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the topic, and there will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Network's activities.

If you plan on attending the event physically, please sign up at the link on the right side.

The event will also be streamed on Microsoft Teams at this link.

Event programme

Thursday 2 December

12:30-13:00: Lunch

13:00-13:15 Welcome & Introduction

Maria G. Jumbert, PRIO

Antonio De Lauri, CMI

13:15-14:15 Annual Lecture, with Q&A

Professor Faisal Devji, St. Antony's College: The Anti-Politics of Humanity

14:15-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-16:00 Roundtable 1: Humanitarian Negotiations Amidst Counter-Terrorism Restrictions: Legal and Diplomatic Dimensions


Sultan Barakat, Centre for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies, Doha:

Emanuela Gillard, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict: Counter-Terrorism and Humanitarian Action – The Underlying Legal Framework

Chair: Antonio De Lauri

Friday 3 December

9:00-10:15 Roundtable 2 (Practitioner's Panel): Consequences of the 'Global War on Terror' for Norwegian Humanitarian Efforts


Trude Falch, Norwegian People's Aid

Ida Haugen-Poljac, Norwegian Red Cross

Linda Bukasen, Save the Children Norway

Trygve Thorson, Doctors without Borders, MSF Norway

Carl P. Salicath, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chair: Kristoffer Lidén

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-11:45 Roundtable 3: Humanitarian Protection in Conflict: Navigating Counter-Terrorism and Authoritarian Regimes


Júlia Palik, PRIO

Morten Bøås, NUPI

Elling N. Tjønneland, CMI

Chair: John Karlsrud, NUPI

11:45-12:00 Take-Aways and Ways Forward

Chair: Maria G. Jumbert

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Internal NCHS Research network Management Meeting – O pen to all Network Members

The Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) promotes humanitarian research and facilitates analysis and discussion on humanitarian related issues

The NCHS is a joint initiative between three Norwegian research institutes, the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).