RSIS Conference on Asia-Pacific and the Humanitarian World, 5th-6th December 2019

The HADR Programme hosted the continuation of the 2-part conference series, “Asia-Pacific and the Humanitarian World” on 5th – 6th December 2019 at the NTU One-North campus. Created to understand perspectives from the Asia-Pacific region on the dynamics, limits and possibilities of humanitarian action, this conference brought together scholars focused on the various aspects of humanitarian work in the region. Topics of discussion included bilateral and multilateral cooperation as well as how different non-traditional actors engage in humanitarian work and the implications for the international humanitarian system. Some participants also focused on how individual countries such as China, Indonesia and Japan operationalize humanitarianism in their foreign policy.