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

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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.

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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.

About the Author

Peter W. Van Arsdale. Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and a senior researcher with eCrossCulture Corporation. He has conducted fieldwork in the United States, Romania, Bosnia, Indonesia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Guyana, Peru, and El Salvador, and recently helped initiate a program in East Timor with Nobel Peace Laureate José Ramos-Horta. He is chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the Society for Applied Anthropology and member of the Committee for Human Rights of the American Anthropological Association. Among his many publications in the field is Forced to Flee: Human Rights and Human Wrongs in Refugee Homelands (2006).
 
Derrin R. Smith, PhD, has served as a diplomat and Political-Military Affairs Officer in Beirut, Lebanon, working on terrorism finance and sanctions, trafficking in persons, Iraqi refugees and internally displaced persons, and broader issues involving human rights, labor, and democracy. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC, where he is a policy advisor in political-military affairs and a subject matter expert in space security policy. He holds degrees in technical management, finance, and international economics.

Table of Contents

PART I: SETTING THE STAGE

1. Humanitarianism, Development, and Intervention

A Moral Template / The Humanitarian Enterprise / The Development Enterprise / Warriors, Builders, Chaplains, and Humanitarians / Types of Change and Intervention / An Ethics of Cooperation and Intervention

2. Outside the Green Zone: Non-Permissive Areas of Operation

The Green Zone/  “Country Operations” and “Country Teams” / Humanitarianism and Warfare / The Accidental War:  The 2006 Crisis between Israel and Lebanon / Armed and Unarmed NSAs / The Privatization of War

3. In Situ Preliminary Assessments, Threat Analyses, and Kofi Annan’s Lessons

The Necessity of Preliminary Assessments / Provincial Reconstruction Teams / The Country Operations Plan / Preliminary Assessments and Humanitarian Interventions / Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability Analyses / Kofi Annan’s Lessons

 

PART II: ON SITE, IN ACTION

4. Training and Equipping for Deployment

Personal Preparedness  / Equipment Needs and Checklists / Training Protocols / Self-Doctoring Kits and Medical Training / Legal Checklists

5. Transit Operations, Communications, and Smart Technologies

Transit Operations – Always Necessary, Often Controversial / Planning for Threats – Obviously Needed, Occasionally Ignored / Communications / Smart Technologies and Electronic Innovations /  Message Dissemination and Public Relations

6. Best Practices for Hazardous Areas of Operation:  Fixed Sites and Field Schools

Military Fortresses, Bases, and Camps / Romanian Military Camps and Operations / Fixing Perimeters, Establishing Sites, and Security Operations / Permanent Urban Facilities / Permanent Rural Facilities / Permanent Remote Facilities / Temporary Remote Operations / Disengagement

 

PART III: APPLICATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS

7. Foreign Service, Tribal Outreach, and Special Operations

 The United States Foreign Service / Tribal Outreach and Transition / Three Case Studies / The Battle for Anbar Province / Special Operations

8. Conclusion:  Back to the Future

A Non-Ideological Stance / Civil Society and Pragmatic Humanitarianism / The Co-Evolution of Warfare and Humanitarianism / Anthropology and the Military / Scenarios and Simulations / Coming Full Circle

 

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Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781598744446
Author:
Van Arsdale, Peter W.
Publisher:
Left Coast Press
Author:
Peter W Van Arsdale
Author:
Smith, Derrin R.
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
International Relations - Diplomacy
Subject:
International relief
Subject:
War
Subject:
Sociology-Disasters and Disaster Relief
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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