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Humanitarian Action in War: Aid, Protection and Impartiality in a Vacuum

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Humanitarian action formed a major part of the international community's response to the wars of the 1990s, especially civil wars. But the experiences of governments, NGOs, and international bodies involved in humanitarian action have raised controversial questions like: Does humanitarian action save lives or prolong wars? Is it compatible with economic sanctions? Does it permit forcible population movements? How should safety zones be protected? Is military assistance for humanitarian action useful? Do NGOs ...
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Humanitarian action formed a major part of the international community's response to the wars of the 1990s, especially civil wars. But the experiences of governments, NGOs, and international bodies involved in humanitarian action have raised controversial questions like: Does humanitarian action save lives or prolong wars? Is it compatible with economic sanctions? Does it permit forcible population movements? How should safety zones be protected? Is military assistance for humanitarian action useful? Do NGOs lose their impartiality when they participate in a large, co-ordinated international response? This study provides a solid overview of these issues.
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"Roberts gives a brilliantly succinct analysis of the issues and dilemmas facing policymakers here--not least how to provide the security that humanitarian aid givers and receivers both desperately need. When it comes to solutions, he has the sturdy Englishman's distaste for grand prescriptions, arguing that it is easier to garner support for particular interventions than for any general principle of humanitarian intervention. Roberts's advocacy of the use of force is of the modest, commonsense variety: do it selectively, where it will work...very helpful indeed in a world too often paralyzed, in the face of suffering, by moral and political indecision."--Common Knowledge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198280934
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Adelphi Papers Series , #305
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Roberts is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations and Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was Associate Editor of Peace News from 196268 and a Lecturer in International Relations at the LSE from 196881. After moving to Oxford he was Alastair Buchan Reader in International Relations and Professorial Fellow at St Antonys College, Oxford from 198186. He was also a member of the Council of the RIIA from 198591.

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Table of Contents

Glossary 5
Introduction 7
I The Changing Context of Humanitarian Action 10
II Humanitarian Intervention 19
III Forms of Humanitarian Action 32
IV Key Issues 51
V Coordinating Humanitarian Action 72
Conclusions 79
Notes 89
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