Please join us for a film screening and panel discussion on The New Barbarianism, a CSIS original documentary directed by Justin Kenny and J. Stephen Morrison.

Healthcare and humanitarian workers are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in today’s wars. So far, there has been little to stop the profound surge of violence seen across several open-ended conflicts which has claimed thousands of lives, destroyed health systems, triggered mass displacement and state collapse, and exposed the crisis facing the norms of international humanitarian law contained in the Geneva Conventions. The New Barbarianism is a feature documentary that examines the crisis, its causes, the limited international response and possible ways forward through dozens of interviews and original footage obtained from inside Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.

Event Specifics

6:30 - Welcome and Intro
6:35-7:35 - Film Screening, including intro to film by co-director Justin Kenny 
7:35-8:30 - Panel and Q&A
8:30-9:00 - Reception



Margaret Bourdeaux, MD Director of the Threatened Health System Project; Associate Physician Brigham and Women’s Division of Global Health Equity; Instructor Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Change.

Jennifer Leaning, MD, SMH, Director of the Harvard Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University; Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health.

Susannah Sirkin, Director for International Policy, Physicians for Human Rights; Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition Steering Board.

J. Stephen Morrison (moderator), Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Film co-director and executive producer.


This event is sponsored by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at HKS and co-sponsored by the following:

  • Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Harvard Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS)
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Seed Global Health
  • Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
  • Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Global Health
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital

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