National Security Experts


Lori Handrahan

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Dr. Lori Handrahan's Ph.D. is from London School of Economics. She holds over twenty years of practitioner work, in Central Asia, Asia, Africa and the Balkans, focused on gender-based violence, international human rights, humanitarian response, conflict and post-conflict environments, masculinities and men/boys in development and violence, and gender within UN reform and organizational change. She has served as a UN consultant for UNFPA, UNDP, OCHA, UNHCR and UNICEF. She was UNHCR's first gender expert in emergency operations in Chad during the Darfur genocide and Regional Gender Advisor for UNHCR in The Balkans. She was lead researcher for CARE's Girls' Leadership Assessment in Yemen, UNFPA's Gender-Based Violence Information Management System pilot in Uganda, and OCHA's Gender Review. Dr. Handrahan's first book, Gendering Ethnicity, was published by Routledge in 2001. She is published in peer-review journals such as The International Feminist Journal of Politics and Security Dialogue, has been a guest on CNN, FOX News, CTV and VOA with Op-eds in The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post and Fox News Opinion.

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July 3, 2012 03:04 PM

What’s next for Syria? Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth comes to mind: “How fortunate we were who still had hope… I could not know how soon the time would come when we should have no more hope, and yet be unable to die.”

Brittain’s account of World War I is vivid, yet words can never describe what souls who have survived war know. People who know war must weep in outrage and sorrow when truly confronting what is next for Syria. In Syria there will be those who survive unimaginable horror and those who suffer cruel deaths. The survivors will spend the rest of shattered lives trying to navigate souls twisted and burned with the crimes against humanity committed by the Syria State.

Survival and re-building lives, however, are distant dreams for Syria because this past Saturday the so-called UN “Action Meeting” in Geneva failed to take any action to stop Assad’s slaughter. Alongside Vera Brittain’s, Richard Holbrooke’s ghost haunts me. How I wished he could have channeled into Saturday&rsquo

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