Humanitarianism and Politics: Briefing Note Series

Building on earlier work in Afghanistan and our briefing note on “Humanitarianism Unraveled?” published in mid- 2010, we have issued similar briefing notes on the relationship between humanitarian action and politics in Sri Lanka, Darfur, Pakistan, and Somalia. These notes are now being reworked to form the chapters of a book on the “instrumentalization” of humanitarianism in historical perspective. The book, which also includes chapters on manipulations around food aid and protection issues, will be published in early 2012. We continue to be frequently called upon to participate in policy debates on humanitarian policy issues with donors, UN agencies, NGOs, and academia. Our briefings and research updates in the countries where we work have been particularly appreciated.

Humanitarian Action in Pakistan 2005-2010 Challenges, Principles, and Politics
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By Marion Péchayre | September 2013

Over the past five years, Pakistan has witnessed three major crises affecting up to 18 million people. The nature and scale of these crises were different. Two were disasters caused...

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State-building, Counterterrorism, and Licensing Humanitarianism in Somalia
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By Mark Bradbury | September 2013

The people of Somalia have experienced two decades of humanitarian crisis. In 1992, in the wake of the collapse of the Somali state, Somalia set a benchmark for humanitarian crises...

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Humanitarianism in Sri Lanka: Lessons Learned?
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By Simon Harris | September 2013

Researchers at the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University have embarked on a major two-year research project on Humanitarian Action and Politics. This project builds upon and expands on...

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Afghanistan: Humanitarianism Unraveled?
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By Antonio Donini | September 2013

Researchers at the Feinstein International Center (FIC) at Tufts University have embarked on a major two-year research project on Humanitarian Action and Politics. This project builds upon and expands on...

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