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.
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