Authoritarian Practices and Humanitarian Negotiations

Author:   Andrew J Cunningham
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9781032327570


Pages:   254
Publication Date:   07 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Andrew J Cunningham
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.666kg
ISBN:  

9781032327570


ISBN 10:   103232757
Pages:   254
Publication Date:   07 December 2023
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Introduction: Authoritarian practices and humanitarian negotiations 1. The friction of practice – reflecting on the Médecins Sans Frontières experience with ‘authoritarian regimes’ Commentary: Reflections on discourse 2. Humanitarian negotiation: Challenges and compromise in hard-to-reach areas Commentary: ‘Security reasons’ 3. The vocabulary of negotiations: Sovereignty and authoritarian arguments in the Security Council Commentary: A critique 4. The Xinjiang case and its implication for the rights debate in China: What role for NGOs and humanitarian negotiations? Commentary: A personal reflection on working in China 5. Daily negotiations with state agencies in the field – reflections from refugee camps in Western Ethiopia Commentary: Independence 6. Dilemmas of humanitarian negotiations with the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan Commentary: A brief critical reflection on Afghanistan 7. Roma structural discrimination in contemporary Russia: Institutions involved and measures (not) taken Commentary: Different types, different responses 8. Humanitarian apparatus of silence: Authoritarian denial and aid assemblage in Venezuela Commentary: Between instrumentalisation, depoliticisation, and legitimation of humanitarian action in Venezuela 9. Mopping up, keeping down, and propping up: Ethical dilemmas in humanitarian negotiations with authoritarian regimes Conclusion: Theory and praxis – constructing the relationship between authoritarian practices and humanitarian negotiations

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This book unravels one of the most understudied and under-theorised aspect of humanitarian studies, namely the complexities of humanitarianism in the context of controlling – authoritarian – states. This poses many challenges where humanitarian organisations must adapt the theories defining their relationship with states and fine-tune their engagement strategies. This volume not only provides superior real-life analysis of state-aid relations, it also brings many pointers for humanitarians to improve how they negotiate humanitarian access with states. Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the International Institute for Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague. Delivering vital aid to crisis-affected people often hinges on complex humanitarian negotiations within authoritarian environments. By combining concrete operational examples with political theory, Cunningham et al offer a deeper understanding and sharper analytical lens for aid practitioners and scholars grappling with these issues. Abby Stoddard, PhD., author of Necessary Risks: Professional Humanitarianism and Violence against Aid Workers


This book unravels one of the most understudied and under-theorised aspect of humanitarian studies, namely the complexities of humanitarianism in the context of controlling – authoritarian – states. This poses many challenges where humanitarian organisations must adapt the theories defining their relationship with states and fine-tune their engagement strategies. This volume not only provides superior real-life analysis of state-aid relations, it also brings many pointers for humanitarians to improve how they negotiate humanitarian access with states. Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the International Institute for Social Studies of Erasmus University in The Hague. Delivering vital aid to crisis-affected people often hinges on complex humanitarian negotiations within authoritarian environments. By combining concrete operational examples with political theory, Cunningham et al. offer a deeper understanding and sharper analytical lens for aid practitioners and scholars grappling with these issues. Abby Stoddard, PhD., author of Necessary Risks: Professional Humanitarianism and Violence against Aid Workers


Author Information

Andrew J Cunningham has been in the aid business since the late 1980s and has spent 25 years with MSF. He has a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London, and his research focuses on INGO–State relations. Andrew works as a researcher, strategic evaluator, and governance advisor for various humanitarian organisations. His last book with Routledge was International Humanitarian NGOs and State Relations: Politics, Principles and Identity (2018). Andrew is also a board member of the International Humanitarian Studies Association.

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