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Neo-Humanitarianism: The Role of International Humanitarian Norms and Organizations in Contemporary Conflict

Neo-Humanitarianism: The Role of International Humanitarian Norms and Organizations in... Global Governance 11 (2005), 161–183 Neo-Humanitarianism: The Role of International Humanitarian Norms and Organizations in Contemporary Conflict Kurt Mills The circumstances and nature of humanitarianism have changed in recent years. The traditional ideals of neutrality, impartiality, and inde- pendence have become myth. Rather than being at the margins of con- flict, humanitarianism is now e mbedded within contemporary con- flict. States use humanitarian norms and actors for their own ends, frequently as a response to international pressure to intervene in con- flicts. Such actions, as well as those on the part of international humanitarian organizations and other nonstate actors, have altered the terrain of humanitarian action. KEYWORDS: armed conflict, humanitar- ianism, international humanitarian organizations, NGOs, norms. n 7 October 2001, about two hours after the United States started bombing Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald O Rumsfeld stated that one of the six goals of the military opera- tions was “to provide humanitarian relief to Afghans suffering truly oppressive living conditions under the Taliban regime.” Given the fact that the Bush administration had portrayed the conflict with the Taliban and Al-Qaida as a fight for national, and indeed civilizational, survival, why would Rumsfeld feel it necessary, or even desirable, to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Neo-Humanitarianism: The Role of International Humanitarian Norms and Organizations in Contemporary Conflict

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01102004
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Abstract

Global Governance 11 (2005), 161–183 Neo-Humanitarianism: The Role of International Humanitarian Norms and Organizations in Contemporary Conflict Kurt Mills The circumstances and nature of humanitarianism have changed in recent years. The traditional ideals of neutrality, impartiality, and inde- pendence have become myth. Rather than being at the margins of con- flict, humanitarianism is now e mbedded within contemporary con- flict. States use humanitarian norms and actors for their own ends, frequently as a response to international pressure to intervene in con- flicts. Such actions, as well as those on the part of international humanitarian organizations and other nonstate actors, have altered the terrain of humanitarian action. KEYWORDS: armed conflict, humanitar- ianism, international humanitarian organizations, NGOs, norms. n 7 October 2001, about two hours after the United States started bombing Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald O Rumsfeld stated that one of the six goals of the military opera- tions was “to provide humanitarian relief to Afghans suffering truly oppressive living conditions under the Taliban regime.” Given the fact that the Bush administration had portrayed the conflict with the Taliban and Al-Qaida as a fight for national, and indeed civilizational, survival, why would Rumsfeld feel it necessary, or even desirable, to

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 3, 2005

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