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Why Humanitarian Aid in Darfur is not a Practice of the ‘Responsibility to Protect’
The Nordic Africa Institute, Conflict, Displacement and Transformation.
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Discussion Paper provides a compelling critique of the ‘new humanitarianism, ’particularly the ways in which leading donor states seek to incorporate humanitarian assistance and protection into the toolbox of political intervention in other countries. Drawing upon the history of humanitarianism and its origins in an ethos of neutrality, impartiality and non-violence, the author shows how since the end of the Cold War, and increasingly since 9/11, the ‘new’ form of internationational humanitarianism has become deeply politicised and has taken on human rights, strategic-security, liberal and developmental agendas as defined by donor states. The paper frames the critique of linking R2P to humanitarian protection values in the context of the new humanitarianism and the pursuit of the foreign policies of hegemonic states. It therefore provides a critical perspective on the politics of humanitarian aid in Darfur, and opens up a new basis for an alternative discourse on international humanitarian intervention and its connection with the politics of global powers in African conflict arenas. This paper is an important resource for scholars, civil society activists and policy practitioners with a keen interest in international humanitarian aid, international humanitarian law, conflict, peace and security in Africa.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Nordiska Afrikainstitutet , 2011. , 45 p.
Discussion Paper, ISSN 1104-8417 ; 60
Keyword [en]
Sudan, Darfur, Conflicts, Civil war, Humanitarian assistance, Emergency relief, Foreign intervention, Government policy, International law, Foreign aid, Aid evaluation
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:nai:diva-1444ISBN: 978-91-7106-697-8OAI: diva2:451276
Available from: 2011-10-25 Created: 2011-10-25 Last updated: 2011-11-23Bibliographically approved

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