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September 19, 2019 at 7:33 am

Kendhammer Talks about Boko Haram at Washington Humanitarian Forum

Dr. Brandon Kendhammer, portrait

Dr. Brandon Kendhammer

Dr. Brandon Kendhammer was on a panel on “Rethinking Nigeria’s Response to the Boko Haram Crisis” on Sept. 18 at the Washington Humanitarian Forum.

Kendhammer is Associate Professor of Political Science at Ohio University.

The forum, hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies, focuses “on humanitarian challenges that sit at the intersection of United States national security and foreign policy priorities. This year’s theme was Unlocking Humanitarian Access – Opportunities for U.S. Leadership,” according to the CSIS website.

The Washington Humanitarian Forum included the launch of a report produced by the CSIS Task Force on Humanitarian Access. The Task Force, co-chaired by Senator Todd Young (R-IN) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), looked at ways in which denial, delay, and diversion prevents humanitarian assistance from reaching the most vulnerable populations, and vice versa, in conflict-affected areas. The Task Force report analyzes challenges in priority countries for the United States and includes recommendations for how United States leadership can mitigate the most pressing access impediments.

Kendhammer was on the panel “Rethinking Nigeria’s Response to the Boko Haram Crisis“, joining Fati Abubakar (Documentary Photographer & Public Health Worker), Ambassador Alexander Laskaris (former Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, U.S. Africa Command), and Dafna Hochman Rand (Vice President for Policy and Research, Mercy Corps).

Kendhammer is the author of Muslims Talking Politics: Framing Islam, Democracy, and Law in Northern Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Boko Haram (with Carmen McCain, Ohio University Press, 2018).

Kendhammer is currently teaching POLS 4400 The Politics of Developing Areas and INST 1010 Understanding the World (with Taka Suzuki). He will teach POLS 4495 The Challenges of Democratization in Spring 2020.

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