Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance in Asia

Friday, October 23, 12:00., Moore Hall 319 (Tokioka Room)
Presented by Associate Professor Jessica Ear Adler, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Each year an estimated 43% of the world’s disasters occur in Asia resulting in 82% of the world’s disaster deaths, 84% of the world’s total affected population and 75% of the world’s disaster damage (IFRC Report 2009). Such alarming statistics raises questions of why, how and most importantly, what can the local and global community do about it?

This SEA Speaker Series lecture will focus on understanding the background and types of disasters that occur in Asia. We will discuss developmental shifts and trends that cause disasters in the region. Lastly we will analyze the disaster management cycle and examine country case studies to identify challenges and opportunities in international disaster management and humanitarian assistance.

SPEAKER BIO:

Jessica Ear Adler joined the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in November 2008. Prior to her arrival she was a Humanitarian Operations Advisor at the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ms. Ear Adler has had overseas field experiences that included serving as the Regional Deputy Refugee Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, where she helped shaped U.S. policy on refugees, advocated for better refugee treatment with host countries, and oversaw humanitarian assistance to refugees in Asia.

Ms. Ear Adler holds a Juris Doctorate with concentration in Pacific Asian legal studies from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai′i at Mānoa. Ms. Ear Adler was awarded the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award and two Meritorious Awards for her service. She is a member of the California State Bar, a certified mediator in Australia and has completed the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Civil Military Coordination course.

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