GRC’s Felicity Mumford exchanges with Sec of State Hillary Clinton on conflict and hunger
We are delighted to be working with Felicity Mulford, one of this year’s five talented Hilary Rodham Clinton Global Challenges Scholars at Swansea University. Felicity will be joining GRC’s starvation team, with the focus of her research on the impact of sanctions on starvation. She spoke to Hilary Clinton last week as part of a celebration of the incoming scholars, in particular about the issue of conflict-related hunger in Syria and Yemen. Her research with GRC comes at a time of changing US policy to accelerate peace in countries such as Yemen, which is on the brink of famine. In recent weeks and in recognition of the humanitarian crisis, President Biden has announced plans to end US support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen, including the provision of arms, and to revoke the US designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization. GRC is now in Phase II of its Mass Starvation project in collaboration with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will be working over the next year to operationalise UNSC 2417 and pursue accountability in a range of food-insecure contexts.