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The Humanitarians
by David P. Forsythe

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) coordinates the world's largest private relief system for conflict situations. This book examines the ICRC from its origins in the middle of the nineteenth century until the present day, and provides a comprehensive overview of a unique private organisation.
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The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red Cross by David P. Forsythe

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) coordinates the world's largest private relief system for conflict situations. Its staff operates throughout the world, and in recent years the ICRC has mounted large operations in the Balkans and Somalia. Yet despite its very important role its internal workings are mysterious and often secretive. This book examines the ICRC from its origins in the mid-nineteenth century up to the present day, and provides a comprehensive overview of a unique private organisation, whose governing body remains all-Swiss, but which is recognized in international law as if it were an inter-governmental organization. David Forsythe focuses on the policy making and field work of the ICRC, while not ignoring international humanitarian law. He explores how it exercises its independence, impartiality, and neutrality to try to protect prisoners in Iraq, displaced and starving civilians in Somalia, and families separated by conflict in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. David Forsythe received the Distinguished Scholar Award for 2007 from the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association.

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The Humanitarians Reviews


'David Forsythe's study unlocks many of the mysteries about the International Committee of the Red Cross. Based on previously unexploited sources, he provides a critical yet respectful analysis of this most important humanitarian organisation.' William A. Schabas, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway
'Were this a commissioned study of its history, policy analysis and future goals, the International Committee of the Red Cross could not have expected a more solid, fair-minded or insightful result than has been delivered here independently by American academic and long-time ICRC watcher David Forsythe.' The Australian
'David P. Forsythe ... happens to know more about the ICRC than anyone outside, and almost everybody inside, that organization. ... The Humanitarians is to promote a fuller understanding of the ICRC's role in international relations, and to clear up misunderstandings.' The Times Literary Supplement
'... a pleasure ... to read. The main reasons for this are the publication's rich informational value, its logical way of arguing and the honesty with which the author seeks to distinguish between facts and presumptions. ... highly credible and convincing.' Journal of International Relations and Development
'... a welcome addition to the literature on this important subject ... well worth the read.' International Affairs
'... a solid overview and detailed account of the International Committee of the Red Cross ... the book should appeal to both generalists and specialists. Students, diplomats and concerned citizens will benefit from a greater understanding of the ICRC and the Red Cross movement's history and role in the international system. Humanitarians, developmentalists/diplomats and security professionals, on the other hand, can gain from its detailed insight to the ICRC's inner workings, role in contemporary conflicts and internal dilemmas.' German Red Cross
'This important new book ... is essential reading for anyone interested in world politics. ... this is the most compelling book to combine history with analysis. It is judicious, timely and well researched.' Political Studies Review
"Were this a commissioned study of its history, policy analysis and future goals, the International Committee of the Red Cross could not have expected a more solid, fair-minded or insightful result than has been delivered here independently by American academic and long-time ICRC watcher David Forsythe... Although not uncritical of the ICRC, Forsythe offers persuasive justification for its refusal to engage in shame and blame activities and its continuance, instead, of advocacy for incremental improvement." The Australian
"David P. Forsythe, well respected for his works relating to Human Rights, also happens to know more about the ICRC than anyone outside, and almost everybody inside, that organization. He understands its foibles and recognizes its occasional failures. He also greatly admires it and has no doubt that the world would be a worse place without it." Times Literary Supplement
"Forsythe's book is the most up-to-date and reliable account of the International Committee of the Red Cross. This is an important book for anyone seriously concerned with international humanitarianism. Highly recommended." Choice
"As Forsythe maintains, the ICRC has liberal goals and conservative means. It is fully embedded in Western democratic liberalism...but goes about promoting its liberal goals in a slow (sometimes frustratingly slow for many observers), methodical, non-confrontational way...Forsythe maintains that, with a few unfortunate examples...it has conducted itself with admirable independence." Kurt Mills, Human Rights and Human Welfare

About David P. Forsythe


David P. Forsythe is Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor, and University Professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has published extensively on different aspects of International Relations including Human Rights in International Relations (Cambridge, 2000), which has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Turkish, Korean, and Bulgarian, and most recently, Human Rights and Diversity: Area Studies Revisited (edited with Patrice McMahon, 2004). He is also the general editor of the new edition of The Encyclopedia of Human Rights.

Table of Contents


Preface; Introduction; Part I. Historical Analysis: 1. The ICRC during its early years; 2. The ICRC during the Cold War; 3. The ICRC after the Cold War; 4. The ICRC and the US 'war' on terrorism; Part II. Policy Analysis: 5. ICRC principles and policies; 6. ICRC structure and management; 7. The ICRC and international humanitarian law; Part III. Conclusion: 8. The ICRC and Red Cross humanitarianism; Annex A. The ICRC and the Red Cross Movement; Annex B. The ICRC and Selected Private Relief Agencies; Annex C. The ICRC: One of the Big Four Relief Agencies; Annex D. The ICRC and Selected Advocacy Groups; Annex E. The ICRC Organizational Chart; Bibliography.

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GOR005317223
The Humanitarians: The International Committee of the Red Cross by David P. Forsythe
David P. Forsythe
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2005-08-11
376
0521612810
9780521612814
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