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Will Leggett

Introduction It is ironic that the surest indication of the durability of the Third Way is the continuing attention paid to it by its critics. This collection has provided a flavour of the range of such criticism from different disciplinary, analytical and political perspectives. But what general conclusions can be drawn from contributions such as

in The Third Way and beyond
Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector
Miriam Bradley

they consider it a price worth paying for access to populations in need. That said, the ICRC has only rarely resorted to armed escorts, and in many contexts has better access than other agencies. Differential opportunities – or differential expectations about effectiveness – may also explain the differences observed in the use of advocacy and public criticism of authorities. Public criticism of those who target aid workers may be expected to attract

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister
Juliano Fiori

to criticisms? There have been reports of rape and violence committed by MINUSTAH soldiers, for example. Didn’t Brazil end up acting like any other regional hegemon, projecting power in its sphere of influence through the use of force and justifying this with expressions of humanitarian concern? CA: I’d say that, clearly, it was a moment of affirmation of Brazilian power – a moment to show that Brazil was prepared to use certain types of force. But, first of all, it is necessary to remember that the mission in Haiti was not a Brazilian initiative

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Open Access (free)
Architecture, Building and Humanitarian Innovation
Tom Scott-Smith

fieldwork conducted between 2016 and 2019 as part the Architectures of Displacement project, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK and managed from the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford. 2 In the next section of this article, I set out a series of common criticisms of architecture by humanitarians, pointing to frequently unrealistic utopianism and a lack of practicality. In the second section, I set out the differences between innovation and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles
Rony Brauman

ethically acceptable to pledge not to get involved in any controversies, in particular when they are political or racial in nature. Objectively, MSF’s repeated criticisms of European leaders regarding the fate of migrants 3 – an extremely political, sensitive and controversial subject – contradict its assertion of neutrality. It might be more morally correct to condemn the atrocities witnessed by humanitarian workers than to ‘not take sides in a political controversy’, but we

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
From the Global to the Local
Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh

/national right to self-determination and the Right of Return. Indeed, one of the main criticisms levelled by many Palestinians against UNRWA is that its modus operandi has arguably enabled many Palestinians – employees and non-employees alike – to normalise rather than resist and demand sustainable and effective alternatives. 8 Such alternatives, as long argued by proponents of the self-determination of Palestine (the ultimate form of self-sufficiency on a national level), should prioritise securing a political solution to the occupation; in the absence of

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Current policy options and issues
Jenny H. Peterson

, Uganda and Rwanda for their role in exploiting resources in conquered areas of the DRC. Further, the report attaches a degree of blame to some of the DSI’s largest guiding actors for turning a blind eye to the exploitation of Congolese resources. Saving some of its harshest criticism for the World Bank, the authors of the report find that Notes exchanged between World Bank staff clearly show that the Bank was informed about a significant increase in gold and diamond exports from [Uganda] that produces very little of these minerals . . . In the case of Uganda . . . the

in Building a peace economy?
Open Access (free)
Protecting borders, confirming statehood and transforming economies?
Jenny H. Peterson

the transformation agenda. Regarding the agenda as it currently stands, research on a range of generic criticisms harboured against the development-security programming reveal a mixed conclusion. In the case of the UCS, it appeared that some of the concerns were unfounded, namely in terms of critiques regarding international staff diversity and capacity, though the problem of coordination between institutions in large post-conflict missions, as well as the problems associated with rapid exist strategies, were still found to have a negative effect on customs

in Building a peace economy?
British news media, war and theory in the 2003 invasion of Iraq

This book analyses British news media coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It describes the analytical framework that serves as the basis for theoretically informed and systematic analysis of wartime media performance. The book synthesises a range of models, hypotheses and explanatory variables to set out a framework composed of three models of news media performance: the elite-driven model, the independent model and the oppositional model. It provides three case studies which, in different ways, illuminate each model of news media performance in wartime. The three case studies include the case of Jessica Lynch, the case of Ali Abbas and the case of the anti-war movement. The book then presents an account of how the relationship between foreign policy, news media and war might be expected to operate, based on current theoretical understanding. In order to place British coverage of the invasion in context, the book offers brief summaries of the structure and character of Britain's television news services and its press. The book provides an analysis of the ways in which the news media's visual depictions of the war reinforced supportive coverage. It is devoted to documenting and analysing evidence for negotiated and oppositional coverage. The book also examines the representation of civilian casualties, military casualties and humanitarian operations across both television and press, three subject areas that generated a good deal of media criticism.

Paul Kelemen

complicity in the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps: ‘I can only say that I wish people had shown equal concern at the massacre of 20,000 men, women and children in Hama Northern Syria last year by the troops of the Syrian government … I wish, too, that our movement showed the same concern at the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of men in the war between Iraq and Iran.’1 Criticism along these lines has continued to be made and with increasing stridency. The journalist Nick Cohen in a polemic that indicts the left for being indulgent of

in The British left and Zionism