humanitarian relief

Lebanese protesters hold hands to form a human chain along the coast from north to south as a symbol of unity during ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Beirut on Oct. 27, 2019.

What the International Community Can Do in Lebanon

A conservatorship is unlikely, but the world can work to nudge Beirut’s political class aside.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the new national security law on July 1, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

Why Taiwan’s Assistance to Hong Kong Matters

Taiwan’s government is signaling its status as a regional beacon for democracy and human rights—in contrast to South Korea, which frames assistance to North Korean refugees as helping ethnic brethren.

A woman wearing a protective mask walks along a street in northeast Syria.

Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria 

With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus. 

Volunteers apply stickers to boxes of emergency supplies to be distributed to people in need during the coronavirus pandemic in Bengaluru, India, on April 6.

To Defeat the Coronavirus, Stop Corruption

Humanitarian crises including Hurricane Katrina and the Ebola outbreak show that graft can dilute the best donor intentions. More vigilance is necessary.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walks past a portrait of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Feb. 16.

The Coronavirus Is Absolutely No Excuse to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Exploiting Iran's coronavirus crisis to demand an end to sanctions is fundamentally dishonest—and panders to a brutal regime.

Iraqi men unload USAID supplies north of Baghdad.

Fears Mount as Trump Administration Guts USAID’s Iraq Presence

A senior lawmaker fears drastically reduced U.S. diplomatic and aid footprint could pave the way for Islamic State comeback.

A woman carries goods near U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan.

Diplomats Fear a Collapse of South Sudan’s Latest Peace Deal

Even as they publicly support the pact, many privately think it is built on a house of cards and will be pulled down by the country’s bloody past.

Pro-government fighters give food to children in Yemen.

Pompeo to Pressure U.N. Over Aid to Yemen

The Trump administration is upset that too much of it is falling into the hands of Houthi rebels.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey Pitches Plan to Settle 1 Million Refugees in Northern Syria 

Questions arise as to whether Erdogan’s $26 billion megaproject is intended to clear his border of Kurds.

World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley at the U.N. Office in Geneva.

Popular U.N. Food Agency Roiled by Internal Problems, Survey Finds

Staffers complain of abuse of authority, harassment, and widespread discrimination at the World Food Program.

An Italian Guardia di Finanza ship sails towards the Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms to retrieve 27 unaccompanied minors and take them to the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019.

There’s No End in Sight for Matteo Salvini’s War on Migrants

Italy’s interior minister has already passed draconian laws to stop humanitarian rescue ships. If he manages to become prime minister, it will only get worse.

U.S. President Donald Trump waits at the line of demarcation for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone on June 30.

The Case for Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

It won’t bring the regime in from the cold, but it will save lives.

Supporters of Yemen's Houthi rebels attend a rally  in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 26. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Yemen Veto Could Still Cost Saudis

Democratic lawmaker mulls sanctioning Saudis tied to the humanitarian blockade on the war-torn country.

South Koreans watch U.S. President Donald Trump meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a television screen at a railway station in Seoul on Feb. 27. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Sanctions or Saving Lives? Washington Juggles Another Pyongyang Dilemma

Trump administration pares back controversial “maximum pressure” strategy to allow charities to work in North Korea.

Yemeni civilians receive food aid in the northern district of Abs, under the control of Iran-backed Houthi rebels, on June 24, 2018. (Essa Ahmed/AFP/Getty Images)

In Yemen, Targeting of Aid Workers Risks Unraveling Crisis

Houthi rebels’ attacks on aid workers could deepen the country’s humanitarian crisis.

Armed Houthi separatists brandish their weapons as they gather in the capital Sanaa on Dec. 13.   (Photo credit: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Yemen’s Torment Finally Ending?

The latest cease-fire raises hopes, but officials fear war could break out again.

Children gather around a stainless steel can of soy milk at a day care in Tongchon, North Korea, on Dec. 3. (John Lehmann for First Steps)

Washington Wants Pyongyang to Choose: Humanitarian Aid or Nukes

The United States is hampering some aid groups from fighting tuberculosis and other diseases in North Korea.

Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on Jan. 26, 2017. 
(Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Body Declares Famine Conditions in Parts of Yemen

World Food Program report expected to further erode support in Washington for Saudi bombings in Yemen.

An Iranian man shops at a drugstore at the Nikan hospital in Tehran on September 11, 2018.

How Europe Could Blunt U.S. Iran Sanctions Without Washington Lifting A Finger

If the EU gives its special purpose vehicle for Iran trade a humanitarian focus, the Trump administration won’t be able to stop it without trampling longstanding U.S. exemptions.

A boy holding a Palestinian  flag looks at clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Gaza and and Israel on May 14. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Mulls End To Remaining Aid Programs For Palestinians

Funds to Palestinian security agencies that cooperate with Israel are also in jeopardy.