Humanitarian action has become a subject for serious debate in light of recent conflicts across the globe. The debacle in Somalia, the policy of intervention in Bosnia, and domestic conflicts in the West over intervention in Kosovo have given rise to many complex questions surrounding humanitarian action. The contributors to this volume provide a systematic overview of the issues involved from a wide range of viewpoints. The book examines the central problems of humanitarian action: the judicial question and the right to humanitarian assistance; the ethical framework of humanitarian action; the challenge of coordination of all the actors involved in humanitarian action; the recipients in the aid chain; the link between aid, development and emergency action; the role of the media; and a practical evaluation of Operation Lifeline Sudan.
Adam Roberts is a Professor at Oxford University. Joana Abrisketa is Xabier Etxeberria is a theorist. Francisco Rey is David Sogge is the author of Structurally Adjusted Africa. Alexander Ramsbotham is a senior member of Peace Studies in Bradford. Marraino Aguirre is a long time and senior member of TNI who runs his own publishing and his own peace organisation
Abbreviations and Acronyms Introduction Humanitarian Studies Unit 1. The Role of Humanitarian Issues in International Politics in the 1990s Adam Roberts 2. The Right to Humanitarian Aid: Basis and Limitations Joana Abrisketa 3. The Ethical Framework of Humanitarian Action Xabier Etxeberria 4. The Complex Nature of Actors in Humanitarian Action and the Challenge of Co-Ordination Francisco Rey 5. Subalterns on the Aid Chain David Sogge 6. Relief, Development and Humanitarian Intervention Joanne Raisin and Alexander Ramsbotham 7. The Media and the Humanitarian Spectacle Mariano Aguirre 8. Chronicle of Ajiep, Bahr el Ghazal, Sudan, 1998 Medecins Sans Frontieres Contributors Index