Binghamton University humanitarian to discuss war zones, international aid


Binghamton University Professor Reinhard Bernbeck, who also serves as an International Red Cross interpreter, will discuss the future of independent humanitarian action at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 9, in Lecture Hall 7 on the Binghamton University campus. The presentation, titled “The New Wars and the end of Humanitarianism,” is free and open to the public. 

Bernbeck will discuss how the “war on terrorism” has slowly dismantled attempts at offering impartial help in war zones. He will review how although the U.S. military has developed a civilian section that delivers medical and other aid, a resistance against humanitarian aid in general has developed, and seen as directly linked to military goals.

The discussion will also focus on the blurring of the lines between military and civilian agencies and how non-governmental organizations have been drawn into this new constellation of aid and reconstruction in war torn countries. 

Bernbeck is a professor of anthropology at Binghamton University. He has served as interpreter for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan on a number of occasions, including a 2001 - 02 stint in prisoner-of-war camps.

Bernbeck’s presentation is sponsored by the Harpur College Dean's Office. For more information, contact 607-777-2144.

Last Updated: 9/17/13