Students love good stories. That is why case studies are such a powerful way to engage students while teaching them about concepts fundamental to the study of international relations. Cases in International Relations helps students understand the context of headline events in the international arena. Organized into three main parts—military, economic, and human security—the book's fifteen cases examine enduring and emerging issues from the longstanding Arab-Israeli conflict to the rapidly changing field of cyber-security. Compatible with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the cases consider a dispute's origins, issue development, and resolution so that readers see the underlying dynamics of state behavior and can try their hand at applying theory.
Chapter 12: Humanitarian Relief After Haiti's Earthquake
Humanitarian Relief After Haiti's Earthquake
International humanitarian relief efforts do not travel down a single pathway. They take place under many different circumstances. Two of the most prominent are postconflict situations, when a country is struggling to cope with the carnage and destruction left by war, and disaster relief efforts, when the challenge facing a society is how to rebuild in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster. Our focus here is on this second pathway—international humanitarian relief efforts in response to disasters.
On one level the humanitarian relief efforts taking place on this pathway are fundamentally nonpolitical. Rooted in practical field experience, these efforts are often referred to as the “rules of three.” Two different sets of these rules exist. ...