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Tectonics, Politics and Ethics: The Tsunami and Its Aftermath

The Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami in Southern Asia killed hundreds of thousands, wreaking havoc and captivating the world's attention. The international response may well rival the reaction to the Ethiopian famine decades ago. But how has this humanitarian response differed, if at all, from the response to other crises? The Humanitarian Affairs Program at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), together with the Earth Institute, the South Asia Institute, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the Mailman School of Public Health and the Program in International Media and Communications, hosted a day-long event to discuss the implications of the tsunami as a catalyst for systemic reform of industrialized countries' approach to relief and development.


Lisa Anderson, dean, SIPA, Columbia University

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Dirk Salomons, director, Humanitarian Affairs Program, SIPA

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Jeffrey Sachs, director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

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John Mutter, professor, earth and environmental sciences; deputy director, Earth Institute

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Neil Boothby, associate clinical professor of population and family health; and director, Program on Forced Migration and Health, Columbia University

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Afshan Khan, keynote speaker; and deputy director of emergency operations, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

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Sreenath Sreenivasan, associate professor of professional practice, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

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Robert Shapiro, professor of political science; associate director, Center for the Social Sciences, Columbia University

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Production Number: 339
Shot: Mar 1, 2005
Published: Apr 07, 2005
Last modified:Sep 12, 2005