The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance

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Overview

Understanding the complex nature of international humanitarian action-particularly following natural disasters or armed conflicts-has been the mission of this unique series. This book explores the cutting-edge concerns that will affect how assistance is offered in the future.
Featuring twelve original essays by leading practitioners, policymakers, and scholars, the book is a state of the field report on problems, threats, and opportunities facing relief efforts in today's world. With contributions from such authorities as Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors Without Borders, Charles McCormick, CEO of Save the Children, and physicians, military leaders, field workers, and others, the essays confront the most critical issues facing the delivery of effective relief.

The issues include military and civilian cooperation in large-scale disasters, with special attention to the growth of private armies. How traditional nongovernmental organizations and faith-based agencies adapt to new challenges is also explored. Ways to strengthen security for humanitarian workers, refugees, and internally displaced persons and those in transition after wars are also considered.

Bringing together diplomatic, military, medical, legal, political, religious, and ethical perspectives from experiences in Darfur, West Africa, Iraq, Pakistan, and other areas, the essays offer an authoritative inventory of where humanitarian relief has been, and how it must change to save lives and communities in peril.
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This timely book discusses the many challenges facing humanitarians in their increasinglinly complex work. Kevin Cahill and his expert contributors have correctly identified what constitutes the pulse of humanitarian assistance, and many of the dilemmas it faces, in a thoughtful and constructive way.-Tom Arnold

In taking the pulse of humanitarian assistance, Dr. Cahill and hisimpressive array of authors detect a steady heartbeat behind thebattered and bruised exterior of current relief operations.Shrinking humanitarian space, the frustrations of inadequateprotection, the rarity of social justice, the challenges ofbuilding local capacity and the need to move from first aid torecovery all amount to a call for action. This book addresses theseissues with clinical clarity, and responds with a clear moral voice.CPR in print.-Dirk Salomons

We are living in agonizingly complicated times, when a volunteer doctorfrom Kansas may find herself repairing the broken bodies of an ethnicconflict on a continent far away. She may one day look up to see a childwhose bones she mended a year ago now standing before her, machete in hand,threatening murder. Whether they work for organizations like the Red Cross,for United Nations agencies or for their governments, the world-overhumanitarians now find themselves in great confusion. This is an enormous,soul-searching moment in history, brilliantly clarified and focused by ThePulse of Humanitarian Assistance.-Laurie Garrett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823227150
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2007
  • Series: International Humanitarian Affairs Series
  • Edition description: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., is Director of Fordham's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and President of the Center for International Health and Cooperation in New York City.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Acronyms     xi
Introduction   Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.     1
Moving Targets
Patients Without Borders   Bernard Kouchner, M.D.     13
Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: A Decade of Promises   Sheri Fink, M.D.     22
No Justice Without Power: The Case for Humanitarian Intervention   Alexander Van Tulleken, M.D.     41
Military-Civilian Cooperation
The Humanitarian Community and the Private Sector   Tim Cross     79
Looking Beyond the "Latest and Greatest"   Christopher Holshek     103
Not If...But When and How?   Larry Hollingworth     132
The 2005 Pakistan Earthquake   Nadeem Ahmed   Andrew MacLeod     158
Post-Conflict Issues
Protecting Societies in Transition   Geoff Loane   Lois Austin   Pat Gibbons     179
Internal Displacement in West Africa: Challenges and Constraints   Claudia McGoldrick     202
The NGO Perspective
Coordination and Collaboration: An NGO View   Charles F. MacCormack     243
Being With Them   Lluis Magrina, S.J.     263
Transformation from Relief to a Justice and Solidarity Focus   Joan Neal     279
Notes     293
Contributors     309
About the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation and the Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs     313
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