Shaping the Humanitarian World

ISBN-10: 0415773717

ISBN-13: 9780415773713

Edition: 2009

Authors: Peter Walker, Daniel G. Maxwell

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This book provides a critical introduction to the notion of humanitarianism in global politics, tracing the concept from its origins to the twenty-first century. It describes 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 examines the challenges humanitarian agencies face, from working alongside armies and terrorists to witnessing genocide. Particular emphasis is placed on the developments of the past fifteen years, 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 and the conflict between political action and humanitarian action when it comes to addressing causes as well as symptoms of crisis. Humanitarianism has a vital future, but only if thosepracticing it choose to make it so. Shaping the Humanitarian World will be of interest to students and scholars of human rights law, international law and politics and international relations in general.
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Peter Walker is a New Zealander who has lived in London since 1986. He worked for seven years on the Independent and three on the Independent on Sunday where he was Foreign Editor. He has also written for the Financial Times and Granta. His first book, The Fox Boy, was published by Bloomsbury in 2001 and was widely praised.

List of illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Acronym and weblink guide
Introduction
Origins of the international humanitarian system
Mercy and manipulation in the Cold War
The globalization of humanitarianism: from the end of the Cold War to the Global War on Terror
States as responders and donors
International organizations
NGOs and private action
A brave new world, a better future?
Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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