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Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid Outside the Green Zone (Paperback)
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Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid Outside the Green Zone (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 15/07/2010
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More than ever, humanitarian aid workers and diplomats are engaging with vulnerable populations in areas once considered too dangerous to touch. Drawing on decades of on-the-ground experience in conflict environments around the world, Van Arsdale and Smith offer this important and revealing guide to the ethics, theory, and practice of work outside so-called Green Zones of safety. On behalf of governments or NGOs, on missions ranging from complex humanitarian emergencies to post-war reconstruction, social scientists in interdisciplinary teams are operating in settings where the line between civilian and military projects is increasingly blurred. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the realities of these new humanitarianisms and for the fields of international relations, anthropology, development studies, and peace studies.

Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
ISBN: 9781598744446
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"Within a certain stretch of territory governments and aid organizations establish a presence and provide humanitarian assistance and security to the local population. But what about those civilians living far from secured areas and relief operations? This book is designed to help governments and non-governmental organizations navigate this unfamiliar terrain. Especially important is the delicate subject of civilian-military relations. Van Arsdale and Smith supply ample guidelines and recommendations on how NGOs and governments should play their respective roles and work together toward a common goal. By and large, this is a detailed guide to cutting-edge humanitarian work based on years of experience and case studies, especially the U.S. experience in Iraq, and is recommended reading for Foreign Service personnel and NGOs operating in hostile territory." - Foreign Service Journal


"Many of us believe we have a moral imperative to help those in need, and so it follows that this humanitarian obligation doesn t stop at the green zone . How then do citizens safely and effectively step into unsafe territory to better assist the most vulnerable populations? Van Arsdale and Smith have studied and actually provided assistance in conflictive and post-conflictive areas since 1975. With the highest ethical standards, they report on what works and doesn t, using examples from their own overseas experience in hostile environments, to bring together current best practices when working at the civilian-military interface. The authors explain the essential need for collaboration and coordination of government and nongovernment organizations to promote human rights and dignityworldwide. They give the foreign assistance worker pragmatic and ethical guidance for a unified effort so that life affirming services
can be provided wherever they are needed."--Linda Roan, President, eCrossCulture Corporation"

"Within a certain stretch of territory governments and aid organizations establish a presence and provide humanitarian assistance and security to the local population. But what about those civilians living far from secured areas and relief operations? This book is designed to help governments and non-governmental organizations navigate this unfamiliar terrain. Especially important is the delicate subject of civilian-military relations. Van Arsdale and Smith supply ample guidelines and recommendations on how NGOs and governments should play their respective roles and work together toward a common goal. By and large, this is a detailed guide to cutting-edge humanitarian work based on years of experience and case studies, especially the U.S. experience in Iraq, and is recommended reading for Foreign Service personnel and NGOs operating in hostile territory." - Foreign Service Journal"

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