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Harry H.G. Post

armed conflict and of (aspects of) the law of the sea (in Parts I and III), of human rights law (in Part IV), and, perhaps somewhat overdone, also gets separately into European Union law (Part II). Moreover, various specific aspects, like the role of disaster response missions, customs obstacles to

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Adam Rostis

injured 9,000. 1 In 1920, Samuel Prince published a sociological analysis of the response. His was one of the first explorations of disaster and community recovery and set the tone for the modernist view of disaster response, relief, and recovery. 2 The Halifax Explosion was a maritime disaster that

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Angelica Fanaki

1. Introduction Natural disasters occur often and constantly with ever increasing effects in terms of consequences, having stimulated legal interest in international disaster relief. As a result, issues of coordination of international humanitarian assistance and disaster response have been at

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Maria Giovanna Pietropaolo

Crescent Societies ( ifrc ) has named this regulatory corpus International Disaster Response Laws ( idrl ). According to the Programme, the core of idrl covers “the laws, rules and principles applicable to the access, facilitation, coordination, quality and accountability of international disaster

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Love Kindstrand

Social Media in Disaster Response: How Experience Architects can Build for Participation . New York: Routledge (2014). 119 pp. isbn : 978-0-415-81471-7. Price: $44.95. On 11 March 2011, the world watched in real-time as tsunami waves overshadowed, then engulfed, the northeastern coast of the

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Darren O’Byrne

studies’ (my second principal debate), and more specifically within a re-conceptualized discourse of human rights (my third). Disaster Response, Global Civil Society and the ‘Cosmopolitan Ideal’ A catalogue of disasters like the one listed above is not, of course, new. Rather, the reach of the

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Int. Fed. of the Red Cross and Red Cresc

Disaster response has been described as the last resort of the amateur: an unkind assessment but not without a grain of truth. Disaster generates an emotional response, and new disaster organisations are born with each new disaster. Lessons of the past on disaster management have to be learned anew.
The need to increase the professionalism of disaster response is evident. All the more so as, in disaster terms, the world is getting worse, not better. Disasters become more complex, frequently involving the interaction of a disaster event, politics and technology.
The last few years have also seen a growth in research into the area of disaster response. Too often, however, disaster researchers and disaster organisations have gone their separate ways. There is a need for these two groups to get together to devise more practical and professional approaches to disaster response.
The World Disasters Report, produced by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, is a contribution to this effort of professionalisation. It provides facts and statistics, analysis and an exploration of trends, to dispel a number of myths about disasters and to define and advocate good practice.
This is the first volume of Annual Reports which will become a vital tool for all those involved in the area of disaster response.
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Aiko Takazawa and Kate Williams

States on disaster response and outcome pose different arguments about people affected by disasters. Klein documents how powerful social forces use disasters to shock a population and implement agendas that often further damage the affected community. She urges mass awareness and education as a

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Catastrophe and Conflict

Disaster Diplomacy and Its Foreign Policy Implications


Ilan Kelman

Catastrophe and Conflict: Disaster Diplomacy and Its Foreign Policy Implications examines how and why disaster-related activities (disaster response and disaster risk reduction) do and do not lead to diplomatic endeavours. With respect to foreign policy implications, the main question examined here is: Under what circumstances could disaster diplomacy be actively made to succeed or not to succeed? Previous case studies are summarised followed by new case studies of disease diplomacy and climate change diplomacy. From the case studies, disaster diplomacy could succeed when those in power decide that they want it to succeed and then use their power for that goal. This situation is not likely to arise because of only disaster-related activities. Instead, pre-existing interests supporting diplomacy are needed.
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Dug Cubie

humanitarian assistance, while also revising and strengthening the UN system for disaster response co-ordination and the funding of emergency appeals. Key fundamental principles established include the primary role of the affected State in co-ordination and provision of humanitarian assistance within its