CONF Seminar: Haldun Yalçınkaya (TOBB University)

Sabancı University
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences



The Nongovernmental Organizations–Military Security Collaboration Mechanism: Afghanistan NGO Safety Office


Haldun Yalçınkaya
(TOBB University)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
11:00 FASS 1103


Abstract: This talk will ask how and to what extent international military forces can support nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in armed conflicts and postconflict arenas. As non-state actors, NGOs have serious security problems and their current protection is not sufficient to secure humanitarian operations. The Afghanistan NGO Safety Office (ANSO) was established in 2002 to solve this problem.

The ANSO innovation resulted in a new NGO–military security collaboration mechanism. In particular, whether the NGO–military security collaboration mechanism established between NATO International Security Assistance Force, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, and the ANSO could be a fourth way in narrowing NGOs’ security gap in addition to the existing three ways (judicial, theoretical, and practical) is addressed. International military forces need to take into account ANSO model organizations for fulfilling their responsibility to secure NGOs in armed conflicts and postconflict arenas.


P.S.: The seminar will be held in English.