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Dark Side of Virtue : Reassessing International Humanitarianism

Dark Side of Virtue : Reassessing International Humanitarianism - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691123943

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ISBN13: 978-0691123943
ISBN10: 0691123942
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 2005
International: No

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Dark Side of Virtue : Reassessing International Humanitarianism - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0691123943

David Kennedy

ISBN13: 978-0691123943
ISBN10: 0691123942
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: Princeton University Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

In this provocative and timely book, David Kennedy explores what can go awry when we put our humanitarian yearnings into action on a global scale--and what we can do in response.

Rooted in Kennedy's own experience in numerous humanitarian efforts, the book examines campaigns for human rights, refugee protection, economic development, and for humanitarian limits to the conduct of war. It takes us from the jails of Uruguay to the corridors of the United Nations, from the founding of a non-governmental organization dedicated to the liberation of East Timor to work aboard an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

Kennedy shares the satisfactions of international humanitarian engagement--but also the disappointments of a faith betrayed. With humanitarianism's new power comes knowledge that even the most well-intentioned projects can create as many problems as they solve. Kennedy develops a checklist of the unforeseen consequences, blind spots, and biases of humanitarian work--from focusing too much on rules and too little on results to the ambiguities of waging war in the name of human rights. He explores the mix of altruism, self-doubt, self-congratulation, and simple disorientation that accompany efforts to bring humanitarian commitments to foreign settings.

Writing for all those who wish that "globalization" could be more humane, Kennedy urges us to think and work more pragmatically.

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