Kimberly Curtis is a journalist currently in Washington, DC. She specializes in US politics, US immigration policy, migration issues, international affairs, humanitarian aid, development and law.
Deseret News National, Print: The U.N.-sponsored summit set out to coordinate an international relief effort by asking attendees to commit to specific action on issues from education to emergency response. Some participants were optimistic about the outcome, but there was also skepticism from aid agencies and humanitarian observers. One of the biggest questions to emerge from the summit is whether international coordination has the power to solve the complex political situations that create emergencies in the first place and limit the reach of aid to those who need it most.
Deseret News National, Online: Delegates of the Refugee Congress represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and meet throughout the year in regional meetings and stay in contact with one another through Facebook groups, but the Refugee Congress only meets nationally every few years. By coming together, the delegates are able to share experiences and lessons learned from their communities, establishing best practices to help new refugees get on their feet.
UN Dispatch, blog: As world leaders and international aid agencies meet in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit, there is a lot of talk about the need for a Grand Bargain to reshape the way aid is funded and delivered. But for smaller, local NGOs working in hard to access areas, the question remains: will they be left behind?
National Post (Canada), Print: Gruesome beheading videos and online calls to join the caliphate have become hallmarks of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, intimidating its enemies and fuelling recruitment efforts. But the Western jihadis whose social media savvy has helped launch ISIS into the global spotlight could one day find themselves facing justice in the International Criminal Court thanks to a legal backdoor that would see their tweets and Facebook posts used against them.
UN Dispatch, Blog: The decades old system of international laws and agreements intended to facilitate the safe and dignified processing of refugees is now clearly broken. Unless the international community substantially updates these policies to reflect the realities of the 21st century, the old system is bound to fold under the pressure.
Dallas Morning News, Print: Understandably, many people want extremist groups and the users who support them off Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites. But a strategy that relies solely on blocking extremist messages ignores not only how hard it is to censor the Internet but also the political challenges of regulating speech.