Technology For Humanitarian Action

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

Humanitarian workers around the world struggle under dangerous conditions. Yet many do not have the technological tools readily available elsewhere to help them realize their mission to provide essential services and save lives. This book is a practical guide to current technologies that can help relief and humanitarian aid workers succeed. Designed to facilitate technology transfer to the humanitarian sector, the essays focus on areas where technology is underused and predict where new technological advances may be applied to relief efforts. The essays cover essential areas: communications technology and infrastructure support and security, from personal identification and tagging systems and computer-aided language to mine removal and energy generation.

Human Security For All: A Tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

The tragic death in Baghdad in 2003 of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, brought into bitter relief the challenges faced by peacekeepers and humanitarian aid workers. The contributors to this book, all leading scholars and practitioners, offer invaluable perspectives on many of the most important political, legal, social, and military challenges confronting humanitarian aid in a world of terror and conflict. These original essays explore such topics as human rights and the rights of the displaced, working with local communities to rebuild viable governance, justice and the rule of law, and maintaining safe spaces for humanitarian relief programs in zones of conflict.

Traditions, Values, and Humanitarian Action

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

This third volume goes beyond the practical to address fundamental questions at the heart of humanitarian action. How do different religious, cultural, and social systems and the values they support shape humanitarian action? What are the bases of caring societies? Are there universal values for human well-being? International experts come face to face with the assumptions about human dignity and social justice that guide efforts to rescue and repair communities in crises. The original essays explore mandates for humanitarian action in religious traditions, and codes of conduct for the media, military, medicine, and the academy in relief efforts. They explore threats to human welfare from terrorism and gender exploitation and assess international law, the media, and the politics of civil society in a world of war, conflict, and strife.


Emergency Relief Operations

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

An essential companion to Basics of International Humanitarian Missions, the first volume in this series, this book is a practical guide to planning and managing relief operations in a range of specific emergency settings. The chapters—each written by a leading professional—describe solutions to political, military, diplomatic, medical, and organizational challenges facing humanitarian operations.

Basics of International Humanitarian Missions

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

This important book is a primer on the basics of humanitarian action. The ten chapters- each written by a leading professional- introduce the essential issues facing humanitarian workers as they confront both natural and man-made crises. Designed for students, teachers, practitioners, policy-makers, journalists, and other professionals, Basics of International Humanitarian Missions covers fundamental concepts, contexts, and problems, in settings that range from floods and earthquakes to medical emergencies, civil strife, and forced migration.

Preventive Diplomacy: Stopping Wars Before They Start

Revised and Updated Edition
Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

The suppression of war has been the primary objective of the United Nations for more than 50 years, and stopping a war before it starts is easier than ending a war already underway.  History, however, has shown that military interventions and economic sanctions often do more harm than good.  In Preventive Diplomacy, Nobel Prize winners, top officials, and revered thinkers tackle these issues and explore the process of conflict prevention from humanitarian, economic, and political perspectives.  This cross-disciplinary reader on global politics demonstrates that when new insights are applied to the handling of international disasters, the change in policy perspective is intriguing - even hopeful.

A Framework For Survival: Health, Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance in Conflicts and Disasters

By Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

In A Framework for Survival: Health, Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance in Conflicts and Disasters, contributions by an international team of experts demonstrate, inter alia, how global cooperation on health related problems can open doors to political negotiation.  The text covers a wide range of crucial issues from the plight of refugees to the economics of neglect. “As fresh as today's headlines in reviewing the controversial political, legal and moral perspectives that are an indispensable precondition for rational and effective action," Joshua Lederberg, Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, Professor and President Emeritus, Rockefeller University. A Framework for Survival argues that the violent transition from the Cold War era to a New World Order offers opportunities for fresh approaches and policy initiatives.  The text is based on a 1993 symposium at the Council on Foreign Relations, and was completely revised and updated for a second edition. A Framework for Survival is widely used in universities around the world.  Originally a joint publication of Basic Books and the Council on Foreign Relations, it is now a joint publication of CIHC and Routledge.