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KUNO – Authoritarian Practices and Humanitarian Negotiations

6 March @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm


Hub member, KUNO, and The Frontline Project – an initiative to improve humanitarian access (by Stichting Vluchteling, INTERSOS and IRC) – invite you to the presentation of ‘Authoritarian Practices and Humanitarian Negotiations’. This recently published book is an academic study that offers case studies on the international and domestic legal and political framing of humanitarian contexts (Xinjiang, Afghanistan, Venezuela, Russia, and Syria), as well as the actual practice of negotiating with authoritarian regimes (Ethiopia). Also, a theoretical grounding is provided through chapters elaborating on the ethics and trust-building dimensions of humanitarian negotiations, and an overview chapter provides a theoretical framework through which to analyse humanitarian negotiations against the backdrop of different types of authoritarian practices.

This event will discuss the new insights of this study with authors of the study and humanitarian practitioners.


  • Andrew Cunningham (researcher for various humanitarian organisations, board member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association)
  • Rod Mena / Rodrigo Mena Fluhmann (Assistant Professor, Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University)
  • Barbara Boekhoudt (Humanitarian Access Specialist at Stichting Vluchteling, Frontline Project)
  • Essie Opoka (Training and Capacity Specialist at the International Rescue Committee, Frontline Project) – To be confirmed

The presentations will be followed by an open discussion moderated by Peter Heintze, KUNO.


To sign up for this event, send an email to: kuno@kuno-platform.nl and let them know if you want to join in The Hague or online.


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