Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

The Role of Neutrality in Humanitarian Aid

28 January 2016 - 15:00 to 16:30

Chatham House, London


Alex McKay, Army Visiting Fellow, International Security, Chatham House



This roundtable will examine how some of the many humanitarian health care initiatives in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, have impacted on the military and political dynamics of the conflict in the area.  Paying particular attention to the impacts of humanitarian medical aid on combatant fighting power and the ‘political market place’, the roundtable will be an opportunity to consider the broad impacts of aid, question whether the principled aspirations of humanitarian organizations can ever be achieved in such complex conflict environments, and discuss what any unavoidable biases might mean for neutrality as an humanitarian operational imperative.

This event forms part of a research project examining the humanitarian principle of neutrality undertaken by Chatham House’s visiting army fellow Alex McKay. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.