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The tone of Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed is exceptional for its frank and public self-scrutiny. In this respect, it breaks new ground and reveals a truly reflective humanitarian movement that is not afraid to learn in public. Its honesty and the insights into humanitarian history it offers make the book an important reference text in humanitarian studies, international relations, and organizational theory. A very good and extremely useful book.
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Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed brings important new historical information and candid discussion of ethical and operational decision-making to important parts of humanitarian studies and international relations. The first part of the book is a series of country case studies of MSF operations and decisions. These can be dipped into as required by readers and will be very good for teaching. The three big themes in the second part will be valuable for the same reason. This will make the book something of a reference book for teachers and policy makers, as well as a source text for NGO scholars.
In this respect, it breaks new ground and shows a truly reflective NGO that is not afraid to learn public. This makes it a rare text in humanitarian and organizational studies. See All Customer Reviews.
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Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed : Claire Magone :
Buy As Gift. Overview From international NGOs to UN agencies, from donors to observers of humanitarianism, opinion is unanimous: in a context of the alleged "clash of civilizations", our "humanitarian space" is shrinking. Put another way, the freedom of action and of speech of humanitarians is being eroded due to the radicalisation of conflicts and the reaffirmation of state sovereignty over aid actors and policies.
The purpose of this book is to challenge this assumption through an analysis of the events that have marked MSF's history since when MSF published its first general work on humanitarian action and its relationships with governments. It addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals and the political arrangements that overcame this resistance or that failed to do so.
The contributors seek to analyse the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of "humanitarian principles". They focus on one key question: what is an acceptable compromise for MSF?
The MSF Experience
It addresses the evolution of humanitarian goals, the resistance to these goals and the political arrangements that overcame this resistance or that failed to do so. The contributors seek to analyze the political transactions and balances of power and interests that allow aid activities to move forward, but that are usually masked by the lofty rhetoric of humanitarian principles. They focus on one key question: what is an acceptable compromise for MSF. This book seeks to puncture a number of the myths that have grown up over the last forty years since MSF was founded and describes in detail how the ideals of humanitarian principles and 'humanitarian space' to operate in conflict zones are in reality illusory.
How in fact it is the grubby negotiations with varying parties, each of whom have their own vested interests, that may allow organisations such as MSF to operate in a given crisis situation or not.