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Harry Blutstein

7 The anatomy of an insurgency The world is nothing more than a market, an immense fairground. (Jules Verne, Paris in the Twentieth Century) Making of an insurgent Walter Wriston was nothing like a typical 1940s banker. In that decade, bankers were easy-­going, faithfully following the ‘3–6–3 rule’: paying 3 per cent interest on deposits, lending money at 6 per cent, and teeing off at the golf course by 3 p.m. By contrast, Wriston was never going to settle for a comfortable, albeit dull, career. His natural inclination was to overturn the existing order, and his

in The ascent of globalisation
Loyalty and imperial citizenship
Satadru Sen

. While he refused to concede the essential inferiority that accompanied the status of the colonial subject, he shrank also from the provinciality of the independent nation-state. The loyal subject of the empire thus lived in a permanent state of insurgency. Ambivalent political affiliations were ubiquitous and perhaps inevitable in an era when English-educated Indians became increasingly radicalized in their attitudes towards British rule. Partha Chatterjee has suggested that in the decades before independence, a

in Migrant races
Charles Townshend

-organised police forces, in certain circumstances, to exercise credible police functions in the face of substantial popular indifference, or even disaffection or hostility. Insurgency, or systematic political violence, imposes the severest strain on any police force, but it cannot be a foregone conclusion that an insurgent movement, once established, will undermine and overcome the civil police, or necessarily

in Policing and decolonisation
British relief to the Balkans, 1876–78
Rebecca Gill

enemy. 6 Though rarely stated so bluntly, relief to Christians became a practical expression of support for the Balkan insurgents, or at the very least a show of solidarity with the ‘oppressed’. Many such agencies proclaimed strict impartiality in the provision of relief – and congratulated themselves on a magnanimity

in Calculating compassion
David Rieff

humanitarian independence is not a complete fiction either. An accurate portrait is drawn in Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed , a book published by MSF-CRASH some years ago. Its authors argued that relief groups could be thought of as ‘unreliable friends’, constantly bargaining with donors (not to mention governments and insurgent groups in the countries in which they do their work). An important problem relief agencies face today, which is almost certain to grow worse in the coming decade, is that their success in negotiations can be in vain if donors

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
A Framework for Measuring Effectiveness in Humanitarian Response
Vincenzo Bollettino and Birthe Anders

the Red Cross , 93 : 884 , 1085 – 105 , doi: 10.1017/S181638311200032X . Rietjens , S. J. H. ( 2008 ), Civil-Military Cooperation in Response to a Complex Emergency: Just Another Drill? ( Leiden : Brill ). Rietjens , S. , Soeters , J. and van Fenema , P. C. ( 2013 ), ‘Learning from Afghanistan: Towards a Compass for Civil–Military Coordination’ Small Wars & Insurgencies , 24 : 2 , 257 – 77 , doi: 10.1080/09592318.2013.778027 . Svoboda , E. ( 2014 ), ‘The Interaction between Humanitarian and Military Actors: Where Do We Go from

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Mel Bunce

) . Magee , H. ( 2018 ), Faking It: Fake News and How It Impacts the Charity Sector ( London : International Broadcasting Trust ). Mamdani , M. ( 2007 ), ‘ The Politics of Naming: Genocide, Civil War, Insurgency ’, London Review of Books , 29 : 5 , 5 – 8 . McIntyre , L. ( 2018 ), Post-Truth ( Cambridge, MA : MIT Press ). Mill , J. S. ( 1859 ), On Liberty ( London : Penguin Classics , 1974 ). Milton , J

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

‘hearts and minds’ and gather information on the Taliban. NGOs vehemently criticised this classic counter-insurgency strategy, accusing the PRTs of compromising their neutrality by ‘blurring the line between humanitarian activity and military operations’ and endangering them. Without a doubt, that dividing line – if it exists – was blurred in Afghanistan, but at a much deeper level than this superficial one. The entire international aid system, including the NGOs, was working

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Open Access (free)
Brad Evans

& Development , 5 : 2 , 141 – 59 . Duffield , M. ( 2007 ), Development, Security and Unending War: Governing the World of Peoples ( Cambridge : Polity Press ). Evans , B. and Giroux , H. A. ( 2015 ), Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle ( San Francisco : City Lights Books ). Evans , B. ( 2008 ), ‘ The Zapatista Insurgency: Bringing the Political Back into Conflict Analysis ’, New Political Science , 30 : 4 , 497 – 520 . Evans , B. ( 2010 ), ‘ Life Resistance: Towards a Different Concept of the

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

enhancement of their room for manoeuvre? The reciprocity of state–state relations is absent when you are trying to defeat an insurgency and more generally deter opposition. Can humanitarians tolerate a new dispensation of this sort that formally recognises the unprotected status of enemy combatants and political dissidents? One answer to this is to argue that the global humanitarian system is adapting. The talk of more sustained partnership between local and global NGOs is an example of this. But we need to be wary of thinking that there has been

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