"How could this happen in the U.S.?" It’s a common refrain as disaster assistance continues in the hurricane-ravaged Gulf region. We ask international development experts how lessons from humanitarian crises in countries as diverse as Sri Lanka and Sudan may apply to the domestic disaster.


  • Susan Romanski Deputy Director, Global Emergency Operations Team, Mercy Corps
  • Kim Maynard Humanitarian assistance consultant and President of the Cuny Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Astrid van Genderen Stort Senior media officer with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva

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