"The liberation of Mosul and the inevitable, approaching liberation of Raqqa in Syria will not be the end of the Islamic State and its evil ideology. But they crush the group’s pretense to having an actual “state” based upon it. As its surviving leaders scurry to the corners of the desert, no longer can they claim to head a winning movement. Their defeat diminishes the inspiration for violent extremists, or simply lost souls on social media, to attack Americans and our friends. This is a necessary step forward in combating terrorism. Americans are safer for it."
Claude Bruderlein, Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, is a Lecturer on International Health and Co-Director of the Master’s Program in Global Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he teaches strategic planning in humanitarian protection. Professor Bruderlein also teaches the winter field session course “Assessing the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Critical Review of National and International Responses.” In 2010, he co-founded the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection and serves as its first President of the Board. In his research, Professor Bruderlein focuses particularly on the protection of civilians, the development of humanitarian law, the promotion of human security strategies, and the role of information technologies in emergency response. Before joining Harvard University, Professor Bruderlein served as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs and as an expert to the UN Security Council on the humanitarian impact of sanctions in Sudan, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. He has also previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Yemen. After obtaining a B.A. in economics and political science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he was granted a law degree from the University of Geneva Law School. Professor Bruderlein received a Master’s degree in Law from Harvard Law School and was admitted to the New York Bar.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm