The military-humanitarian complex in Afghanistan

By Eric James and Tim Jacoby

The military-humanitarian complex in Afghanistan

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9723-2
  • Pages: 200
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2016
  • BIC Category: Sociology, Sociology, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Ethics & Moral Philosophy, Reference, information & interdisciplinary subjects / Peace studies & conflict resolution, Society & social sciences / Sociology
  • Series: Humanitarianism: Key Debates and New Approaches


Violent conflict brings together two seemingly disparate groups: humanitarians and soldiers. This mixes and convolutes agendas, blurring lines that are often perceived to be sacrosanct. Delving deeply into the history and reasons of why these two groups work in close proximity, this study provide a unique insight into the history, ethical dilemmas and policy conundrums when aid workers operate close to the military. Using Afghanistan as a case study, analytical rigour, deep primary research and "field" knowledge are combined in an exceptional contribution to this important area. This book gives scholars and practitioners alike a nuanced perspective on the challenges faced by aid workers, military personnel and decision-makers alike in countries affected by violent conflicts, hosting foreign military interventions and receiving international aid.


Part I
1. Introduction
2. The military-humanitarian complex: a historiography
3. Humanitarianism in post-conflict settings
Part II
4. Humanitarian and military involvement in Afghanistan prior to the 2001 invasion
5. Afghanistan: overview of conflict and assistance from 2001-2014
6. Afghanistan's military-humanitarian complex
7. Conclusion


Eric James is an Independent Consultant and Adjunct Faculty in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at DePaul University

Tim Jacoby is Professor in the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester

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