Blog Posts by Michel Gabaudan

May 06, 2013 Michel Gabaudan Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East

This post previously appeared in Politico.

Syria’s civil war has become one of the largest humanitarian disasters in recent memory. The number of displaced Syrians is climbing rapidly, and the United Nations now estimates that half of Syria’s 20 million people could need aid by the end of this year. The Obama Administration and Congress have responded generously to the needs of Syrians during the last two years of conflict, but clearly more must be done.

April 05, 2013 Michel Gabaudan Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security, Women & Children

This post originally appeared in the Huffington Post.

There are now roughly 200,000 Syrian refugees in 17 camps throughout southeastern Turkey, and this week a Refugees International team visited one such camp in Kilis Province.

February 07, 2013 Michel Gabaudan Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Humanitarian Response, Middle East

This post originally appeared in The National.

In the last few weeks alone, the country has seen summary executions, the bombing of a major university, and population displacement on a massive and growing scale.

September 19, 2012 Michel Gabaudan Myanmar, Humanitarian Response, Asia, Protection & Security, Statelessness

The political thaw in Burma has advanced so quickly that it is hard to believe Aung San Suu Kyi was here in Washington yesterday, giving her first public speech at the outset of an historic trip to the U.S.

Yet as Suu Kyi was quick to point out in her remarks (which you can view in the video below), the country’s progress to date is fragile and easily reversible. Indeed, she reminded the audience at the U.S. Institute of Peace that she remains but the leader of a small opposition group in Parliament, not the head of government.

July 20, 2012 Michel Gabaudan Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Humanitarian Response, Middle East, Protection & Security

Yesterday's showdown over sanctions in the UN Security Council demonstrated once again that the world can't agree on how to stop the bloodshed in Syria - which begs the question, "Whither Syria?" Or, perhaps more importantly, "Whither the Syrians?"