Unintended Alliance: The Co-option of Humanitarian Aid in Conflicts

LeRiche, Matthew
March 2004
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Spring2004, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p104
Academic Journal
Recognizing that there are significant shifts in how low-intensity warfare is being conducted, particularly in the developing world, more work is needed to understand exactly how humanitarian aid interacts with war. A specific approach to the analysis of war that considers resource and logistical tactics is required. Through developing a typology of new low-intensity tactics, the deeper realities of the aid/war dynamic may be discerned. In many cases, a practical view of war must be taken, considering that many wars are not predominantly "the continuation of politics by other means," but an extension of economic behavior and self-preservation.


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