Humanity as a Weapon of War


"Humanity as a Weapon of War" is a new report from the Center for American Progress that looks at the U.S. military’s emerging trend of using humanitarian assistance to achieve strategic objectives. It examines the U.S. Defense Department’s efforts to counter threats such as extremism, poor governance and human suffering by aiding indigenous populations, and considers the use of development activities performed by civilian agencies to achieve the same goal. Based on original research conducted on the ground in East Africa and at US military commands around the world, this report argues that the military’s efforts to achieve security through development can only be successful if they are rooted in a global strategy that puts development priorities, or "human security," first.

Please join the report’s author, CAP’s Dr. Reuben Brigety, who will discuss the report with a panel of development and security experts.

Welcoming Remarks:
Mr. Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President of National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

Presentation by:
Dr. Reuben Brigety, Director, Sustainable Security Program, Center for American Progress

Featured Panelists:
Ms. Elisabeth Kvitashvili, Deputy Assistant Administrator, US Agency for International Development
Dr. James Schear, Director of Research, Institute for National Security Studies

Moderated by:
Dr. Stewart Patrick, Senior Fellow and Director, Program on International Institutions and Global Governance, Council on Foreign Relations


Center for American Progress, 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC , 20005

Additional information

A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m.