- The Dilemma of Neutrality
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- by Leaning, Jennifer
- This paper focuses on the dilemma that humanitarian non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) face in their efforts to gain access to populations
caught up in current wars. Narrow and broad concepts of humanitarian protection
are discussed and it is argued that despite high levels of professionalism,
the space for humanitarian action has constricted sharply since the events
surrounding the attacks of 11 September 2001. Increasingly, aid workers are
now being viewed with suspicion as agents of the great powers and assertions
of humanitarian neutrality are not heeded or rejected. Non-governmental
organizations have evolved a range of options to address this problem, but there is an urgent need to work collectively to find more durable and coherent solutions.
- Publication Type: Published Paper
- Published Date: July 2007
- Field of Interest: International Security
- Leaning J. "The dilemma of neutrality." Prehospital and Disaster Medicine 22, no. 4 (July 2007): 300-304.