Humanitarian organizations of all types must negotiate with a wide variety of governments and maneuver through myriad types of political environments. Some of the most difficult environments are those where the regimes in power may be considered authoritarian in nature. An authoritarian regime may be defined as a political system which rejects political plurality and democratic norms, uses strong central power to manage society, and where the rule of law is subjugated to the maintenance of the political status quo. Many political observers detect an increasing growth of such regimes.
This panel will discuss how humanitarian organizations approach such regimes. Organizations may choose accommodation and fulfil all government demands in earnest. Or they may choose withdrawal and give up ..