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The Politics of Global Disaster Response

Monday, July 25, 2011

Natural disasters have long been seen as opportunities for political outreach and diplomatic reconciliation. For the European Union after the Lisbon Treaty, that raises questions about what kind of humanitarian actor it wishes to be. However, the actual track record of "disaster diplomacy" is far from conclusive. And a return to humanitarian principles could be the cure for a global disaster-response system plagued by the politicization of relief.

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