Sword & Salve: Confronting New Wars and Humanitarian Crises

TitleSword & Salve: Confronting New Wars and Humanitarian Crises
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsHoffman, Peter J., and Thomas G. Weiss
Number of Pages260
PublisherRowman & Littlefield
CityLanham, MD

In this book, which systematically explores the linkages between war and emergency response, the authors focus on the profound impact of new wars with non-state actors. The authors trace the evolution of the international humanitarian system from its inception in the 1860s through the current challenges cast by recent U.S. military action in Afghanistan and Iraq. By bringing historical perspective to bear on the mechanics of war and humanitarian action, this volume provides an essential analytical framework for grasping the nature of crises and how aid agencies can respond strategically rather than reactively to change.

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