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The humanitarian enterprise : dilemmas and discoveries

Author: Larry Minear
Publisher: Bloomfield, Conn. : Kumarian Press, 2002.
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Explores that international humanitarians - from the UN and national governments, to the Red Cross and the many private relief and development agencies - have learned about how to do humanitarian work well, and the arguments which remain unsolved.

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Director of the Humanitarianism and War Project, Minear draws on thousands of interviews and discussions amassed by the project to analyze key issues that have confronted humanitarian workers over the past decade. Among them are coordination, strengthening local capacity, equipping the enterprise, and terrorism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com).

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International humanitarian activities have grown enormously in scale over the past ten years. Alongside this greater experience, the complex links between humanitarian work and the worlds of politics and military engagement have become more, rather than less, contested. Through the lens of the Humanitarianism and War Project, Larry Minear explores what international humanitarians, from the UN and national governments, to the Red Cross and the many private relief and development agencies, have learned about how to do humanitarian work well, and the arguments which remain unresolved. Overview of Contents Foreword --Dr. John Hammock Humanitarian Action 1991-2001 --Ambassador Jan Eliasson The Setting and The Research: The First Post-Cold War Decade; The Humanitarianism and War Project; Organization of the Volume Coordination: Elements; Obstacles; Dilemmas and Discoveries Human Rights: Conceptual Issues; Practical Applications; Dilemmas and Discoveries Strengthening Local Capacity: Conceptual Issues; Indispensability of Local Actors; Externality of the Humanitarian Enterprise; Getting the Balance Right; Dilemmas and Discoveries Humanitarian Politics: Politics and Neutrality: Conflicting Paradigms; Real-Life Interactions; Advocacy and International Norms; Humanitarian Action and the Erosion of Sovereignty; Dilemmas and Discoveries Coercive Humanitarianism: The Use of Military Force for International Peace and Security; The Use of Military Force for Humanitarian Tasks; Economic Sanctions; Dilemmas and Discoveries Humanitarian Architecture: A Conceptual Framework; The Humanitarian Community; Other Actors Equipping The Enterprise: The Changing Scene; The Ingredients; Conflicting Views;Functioning Amid Conflicts; Obstacles and Incentives; Dilemmas and Discoveries The Dynamics of I.  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Minear, Larry, 1936-
Humanitarian enterprise.
Bloomfield, Conn. : Kumarian Press, 2002
(OCoLC)606759154
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Minear
ISBN: 1565491491 9781565491496 1565491505 9781565491502
OCLC Number: 49610961
Description: xiii, 288 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / John Hammock --
Introduction: Humanitarian Action 1991-2001 / Jan Eliasson --
1. The Setting and the Research --
2. Coordination --
3. Human Rights --
4. Strengthening Local Capacity --
5. Humanitarian Politics --
6. Coercive Humanitarianism --
7. Humanitarian Architecture --
8. Equipping the Enterprise --
9. The Dynamics of Institutional Change --
Epilogue: Humanitarian Action in a Time of Terrorism --
App. 1. Time Line of Recent Events with Significant Humanitarian Implications.
Responsibility: Larry Minear.

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Through the lens of the Humaitarianism and War Project, this text explores what international humanitarians - from the UN, to the Red Cross and private relief and development agencies - have learned  Read more...

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"An accomplished overview of many of the contradictions, challenges, and dilemmas faced by humanitarian operations since the end of the Cold War."

 
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