Kimberly Howe

Kimberly HoweSenior Researcher

Kimberly Howe joined the Center in September 2013 as a Senior Researcher. She currently studies the Syria crisis, with emphasis on the politics of humanitarian action, local-international partnerships, and shifting forms of sub-national governance.

Kimberly Howe, Ph.D. is a Senior Researcher at the Feinstein International Center. Her research interests include violence during peace to war transitions, armed groups and DDR processes, differential forms of sub-national governance, and the politics of humanitarian action. She has designed and conducted mixed methods research projects in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Uganda, Northern Iraq and Syria. She has worked as a consultant for ETH Zurich, ICTJ, ACAPs, and Social Impact for the US Department of State. She was a Randolph Jennings Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace from 2010 to 2011. From 1999 to 2007, she practiced as a psychotherapist treating survivors of torture and interpersonal violence.
Her current work examines the Syria crisis, with a particular focus of the impact of donor behavior on civil society and governance structures, the strengths and weaknesses of humanitarian action, and local-international partnerships. Recent publications outside of the FIC include: -Nussio, E & Howe, K (2014) “When Illegal Protection Collapses: Pathways to Increased Post-Demobilization Violence” Terrorism and Political Violence. Online October.-Howe, K “Collateral Damage: Urban Centers and IDPs in Post-Demobilization Colombia.” (2014) In: Stabilization Operations, Security and Development. Ed: R. Muggah; Routledge. She received a PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2012.

FIC Publications

Briefing Paper: Partnerships in Remote Management Settings – The cases of Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan

This publication summarizes the key insights and findings from a longer paper on humanitarian action and partnerships in remote management settings. You may access the full paper here. International organizations…

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Breaking the Hourglass: Partnerships in Remote Management Settings–The Cases of Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan

For a glimpse into key insights and findings from this study, please consult the “Breaking the Hourglass” Briefing Paper. International organizations increasingly rely on local partners to engage in humanitarian…

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Internal Displacement to Urban Areas: the Tufts-IDMC Profiling Study Case 3: Santa Marta, Colombia
By Karen Jacobsen, Kimberly Howe | September 2008

The report was done in collaboration with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Geneva. For more than 40 years, Colombians have been subject to chronic violence perpetrated by left-wing guerillas, paramilitaries,…

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Partnerships in remote management settings

International organizations increasingly rely on local partners to engage in humanitarian action. This is particularly the case in highly insecure situations or when host governments limit or deny international access. Despite these trends, there have been few attempts to examine the effectiveness of international-local partnerships either in general or in insecure “remote management” contexts. This study explores these partnerships in the setting of cross-border assistance from Turkey to Syria in 2014. The case of Iraqi Kurdistan provides historical perspective.

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News Items

Kimberly Howe and Elizabeth Stites present FIC’s work on partnerships at US Department of State and USAID
May 15, 2015

Kimberly Howe and Elizabeth Stites presented on FIC’s work on cross-border partnerships and humanitarian assistance into northern Syria at the US Department of State and USAID on April 27, 2015. The briefings focused…

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