Syria and the neutrality trap : the dilemmas of delivering humanitarian aid through violent regimes
London : I.B. Tauris, 2021
XIII, 182 p. ; 24 cm
Bibliography : p. 165-176. Index
This book discusses the dilemmas of how to respond to a complex crisis while adhering to international law and practice. The author, a scholar and senior diplomat involved in the UN peace talks in Geneva, draws from first-hand diplomatic, practitioner, and UN sources. He sheds light on the UN's credibility crisis and the wider implications for the development of international humanitarian and human rights law. Was it both legally correct and morally justifiable to deliver the big bulk of aid through Damascus while destruction and suffering was mostly caused by the regime itself? Should the UN have severed its cooperation? Why was it so difficult to deliver cross-border aid? The book is a meticulous account of current international practice, tackling the painful lessons learnt and providing recommendations for future challenges where politics fails, and humanitarians fill the moral void.
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