Shaping the Humanitarian World / Edition 1

Shaping the Humanitarian World / Edition 1

by Peter Walker, Daniel G. Maxwell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415773717

ISBN-13: 9780415773713

Pub. Date: 01/17/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Providing a critical introduction to the notion of humanitarianism in global politics, tracing the concept from its origins to the twenty-first century, this book examines how the so called international community works in response to humanitarian crises and the systems that bind and divide them.

By tracing the history on international humanitarian action from

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Overview

Providing a critical introduction to the notion of humanitarianism in global politics, tracing the concept from its origins to the twenty-first century, this book examines how the so called international community works in response to humanitarian crises and the systems that bind and divide them.

By tracing the history on international humanitarian action from its early roots through the birth of the Red
Cross to the beginning of the UN, Peter Walker and Daniel G. Maxwell examine the challenges humanitarian agencies face, from working alongside armies and terrorists to witnessing genocide. They argue that humanitarianism has a vital future, but only if those practicing it choose to make it so. Topics covered include:

    • the rise in humanitarian action as a political tool
    • the growing call for accountability of agencies
    • the switch of NGOs from bit players to major trans-national actors
    • the conflict between political action and humanitarian action when it comes to addressing causes as well as symptoms of crisis.

This book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in international human rights law, disaster management and international relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415773713
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/17/2009
Series:
Global Institutions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
442,747
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations x

Foreword xi

Acknowledgements xv

Acronym and weblink guide xvi

Introduction 1

1 Origins of the international humanitarian system 13

2 Mercy and manipulation in the Cold War 46

3 The globalization of humanitarianism: from the end of the Cold War to the Global War on Terror 60

4 States as responders and donors 79

5 International organizations 97

6 NGOs and private action 117

7 A brave new world, a better future? 136

Notes 154

Select bibliography 168

Index 169

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