Faculty and Researchers
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.
No End in Sight: A Case Study of Humanitarian Action and the Syrian Conflict Component 2. The Contemporary Humanitarian Landscape: Malaise, Blockages and Game Changes
The scale of the Syrian conflict and resulting humanitarian need constitute one of the largest crises of our time. This case study analyzes contemporary humanitarian action inside Syria, cross-border operations,…Read More
This study provides a nuanced understanding of the transformation of violence for women, men, girls and boys in northern Karamoja at the household, community, district and the regional levels. Drivers…Read More
Challenges for Remote Management in Insecure Settings: Sustainability of Local Organizations and Donor Withdrawal: Second Briefing Paper from Breaking the Hourglass
This is the second briefing paper emerging from a longer report on humanitarian action and partnerships in remote management settings. This briefing paper offers key insights and findings on the…Read More
Challenges within Remote Management in Insecure Settings: Trade-offs, Capacities, and Trust: First Briefing Paper from the Breaking the Hourglass Report
This is the first briefing paper emerging from a longer report on humanitarian action and partnerships in remote management settings. This paper offers key insights and findings on the challenges…Read More
Breaking the Hourglass: Partnerships in Remote Management Settings–The Cases of Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan
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….Read More
Internal Displacement to Urban Areas: the Tufts-IDMC Profiling Study Case 3: Santa Marta, Colombia
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,…Read More
The Planning From the Future project aims to influence the direction of ‘non-traditional’ and traditional humanitarian actors to help them deal with a rapidly changing and potentially increasingly vulnerable world.Read More
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.Read More
The first ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul, Turkey on May 23-24, 2016. The summit aimed to set a forward-looking agenda for humanitarian action that addresses future humanitarian…Read More
FIC Senior Researcher Dr. Kimberly Howe recently participated in a discussion at the AidEx conference on partnerships among different humanitarian actors. Dr. Howe drew on her work with Dr. Elizabeth…Read More
Kimberly Howe and Elizabeth Stites present FIC’s work on partnerships at US Department of State and USAID
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…Read More