Health Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and Counter-insurgency: the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team, 2010-2011

Peter McKernan

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

This presentation explores the work of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team (KPRT) in the area of health development and humanitarian assistance during the military “surge” year of 2010-2011, which is also the year Canada transferred responsibility for the KPRT to the United States. Special emphasis will be given to the role of health and humanitarian assistance within the context of the military’s “stabilization" and counter-insurgency efforts in Kandahar, and to the ways in which this work functioned along three key co-operative axes at the KPRT: civil-military, Afghan-international, and Canada-US.

Peter McKernan worked as the Canadian health development and humanitarian assistance officer at the bi-national (Canada-US) Kandahar PRT in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, from July 2010 to May 2011. He was responsible for coordination between the military and humanitarian organizations in Kandahar province, as well as Canada’s signature development project on polio eradication. A graduate of NPSIA, Peter was formally employed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and currently works as a senior analyst at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in the area of military-defence cooperation with the US.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Dunton Tower, Room 2017
Carleton University

Please note that the Chatham House Rule will be in effect

Light sandwich lunch will be provided.
Registration is requested by Thursday, 24 November 2011
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