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A. J. Coates

5 Legitimate authority The criterion of legitimate authority has become the most neglected of all the criteria that have been traditionally employed in the moral assessment of war. Nowhere is this more evident than in the popular assessment of contemporary terrorism. For many the central moral issue raised by terrorism is that of non-­combatant immunity. The peculiar moral vulnerability of terrorism is seen to lie in its tendency to violate this principle of just conduct. As one study of terrorism argues: ‘Perhaps the main obstacle to any agreement that

in The ethics of war
Stephen Benedict Dyson

With the Iraqi Interim Authority concept abandoned, Bush and Rumsfeld allowed the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to become an instrument of occupation. The CPA was characterized by confusion over objectives and organization of a kind that Rumsfeld usually found intolerable. It had an ambiguous mandate, an odd relationship with the military, and multiple lines of reporting back

in Leaders in conflict
Neal Curtis

6 Symbolic authority and kinship We have seen that the primary political act of the sovereign is to define who is friend and who is enemy; who is protected as part of the community and who is excluded or banished. This suggests that an understanding of kinship is also essential to any analysis of sovereignty. Understood from this perspective, the sovereign is a symbolic authority organising, regulating and policing the activities of those who live within a territory. The fact that the sovereign traditionally has his analogue in the despot (despotēs in Greek) or

in Sovereignty and superheroes
Being right, knowing better
Tim Markham

3681 The Politics of war reporting.qxd:Layout 1 28/9/11 11:14 Page 94 5 Journalistic ethics and moral authority: being right, knowing better As a sociologist, I know that morality only works if it is supported by structures and a mechanism that give people an interest in morality. (Bourdieu, 1998b: 56) Is it futile to discuss journalistic ethics? Relativism versus strategism Previous chapters have set out the case for interpreting journalistic principles primarily as strategic. While this could reasonably be understood to indicate that the particular

in The politics of war reporting
The case of Ker Kwaro Acholi in northern Uganda
Julia Gallagher
V. Y. Mudimbe

donors such as the United Nations and the American Embassy to promote women’s rights in Acholi and to preserve Acholi cultural heritage. The success of this ‘traditional authority’ in attracting international attention and the endorsement of a host of bilateral and multilateral donors 1 has contributed to Ker Kwaro Acholi being today composed of a paramount chief, two deputy paramount chiefs, council of clan chiefs, prime minister, cabinet of ministers, and secretariat. Yet despite the positive recognition received from such influential

in Images of Africa
Tim Markham

3681 The Politics of war reporting.qxd:Layout 1 28/9/11 11:14 Page 74 4 Practical mastery of authority, authenticity and disposition As the preceding chapters have made clear, the purpose of this book is not to tell the personal stories of individual war reporters, but to describe the structured, structuring logics which determine how the field of war reporting is experienced. In fact the two are related, since individuation, along with professional identities and values, is among the common matrices by which individuals make sense of their professional

in The politics of war reporting
Elana Wilson Rowe

5 Non-​state actors and the quest for authority in Arctic governance The modern state, as discussed in Chapter 1, can be considered a relative newcomer to the cross-​border politics of the Arctic region. However, states have featured prominently in the preceding two chapters. We have come to see how advantageous positions earned by/​granted to states vis-​à-​vis other states matter for shaping the rules of the road in Arctic cooperative governance –​and ultimately shape outcomes. In this chapter, I seek to broaden the net to explore the positions of key non

in Arctic governance
Positioning, Politics and Pertinence
Natalie Roberts

authorities with the disease was exacerbated by the failure of the WHO to provide effective leadership, MSF’s apparent technical superiority, capacity for rapid action and vocal public positioning meant the organisation was still regarded by many as the de facto leader of the response ( Check Hayden, 2015 ). After criticising the leadership of the WHO as ‘slow, derisory and irresponsible’ ( MSF, 2014 ), MSF convened international discussions and trained

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Hakim Khaldi

to coordinate their actions as much as possible. From Damascus to the Rebel-Held North-West In June 2011, as the Syrian government violently suppressed demonstrations by its opponents, MSF France attempted to negotiate permission to work out of Damascus. But meeting with the authorities proved impossible. The Syrian intelligence services had closed the offices of MSF’s Spanish section a few weeks previously, accusing it of supporting the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Middle-Aged Syrian Women’s Contributions to Family Livelihoods during Protracted Displacement in Jordan
Dina Sidhva
Ann-Christin Zuntz
Ruba al Akash
Ayat Nashwan
, and
Areej Al-Majali

financial responsibilities are not only the result of displacement, the pressures of life in exile and the more prolonged absence of husbands: they also coincide with a phase in our interviewees’ lifecycle in which they traditionally acquire greater authority as elders, especially as mothers-in-law. Due to their distinct positioning in their families, older female refugees experience displacement differently from younger women. Most of our Syrian interlocutors are in their

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs