Principles, Politics, and Humanitarian Action

  title={Principles, Politics, and Humanitarian Action},
  author={Thomas G. Weiss},
  journal={Ethics \& International Affairs},
  pages={1 - 22}
  • T. Weiss
  • Published 1 March 1999
  • Political Science
  • Ethics & International Affairs
The tragedies of the past decade have led to an identity crisis among humanitarians. Respecting traditional principles of neutrality and impartiality and operating procedures based on consent has created as many problems as it has solved. A debate is raging between “classicists,” who believe that humanitarian action can be insulated from politics, and various “political humanitarians,” who are attempting to use politics to improve relief and delivery in war zones This essay examines the pros… 
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