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The UN humanitarian response in Afghanistan spans fifteen years during which humanitarianism has waxed and waned. A retrospective look at this period provides insights on an interesting range of approaches and respect/disrespect for basic humanitarian principles. Afghanistan shows, for example, that definitions of what was "humanitarian" have expanded and contracted to suit particular political contexts. During the Taliban period the definition of humanitarian action was extremely wide and covered rehabilitation and even development activities; post-September 11 we see a dangerous level of contraction that compromises the application of its basic principles for the sake of pursuing nation-building activities in the service of political agendas. Similarly "coherence" and "integration" have become loaded terms. Once used to describe the aspiration for a higher level of concern for humanitarian and human rights principles in the context of multidimensional peace missions, they have now become euphemisms for the subordination of principles to political objectives. My own perspective, having witnessed this evolution on the ground in Afghanistan, is that of a lapsed integrationist who has become a doubting insulationist. HUMANITARIAN ACTION AS A COLD WAR TOOL

GENRE
Politics & Current Affairs
RELEASED
2004
October 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
14
Pages
PUBLISHER
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
SIZE
278.9
KB

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