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The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance
     

The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance

by Kevin M. Cahill
 

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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

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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 newchallenges 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823260737
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
04/15/2007
Series:
International Humanitarian Affairs
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., is University Professor and Director of Fordham University's Institute for International Humanitarian Affairs and President of The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation in New York City. He has also served as Chief Adviser for Humanitarian and Public Health issues for successive Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly.

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