11 March in Context: Human Security Perspectives

Almost a year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, thousands of people are still struggling to rebuild their lives and communities. This event looks at the human consequences of 11 March in comparison to other major natural disasters, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. A panel of international experts consider how a “human security” approach can help us understand and respond to these catastrophes. It focuses on the insecurities and vulnerabilities that are created and exacerbated by natural disasters, and the specific protection needs of women, children, elderly people and minorities. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the human security concept, the event features practitioners and leading experts from a range of different fields—ethics, international relations, disaster sociology, development and public health.