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Overcoming Power Asymmetry in Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups

Clements, Ashley

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Humanitarian actors seeking to offer assistance and protection to civilians in many contemporary conflicts negotiate access with armed groups from a position of weakness. They consequently concede many of their demands, compromising humanitarian operations and principles, and leaving millions of vulnerable civilians beyond reach. Using a structural analysis of the negotiation process in many recent humanitarian crises this article demonstrates the basis of this marked power asymmetry and...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorClements, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-13T03:03:02Z
dc.identifier.issn1382-340X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/157099
dc.description.abstractHumanitarian actors seeking to offer assistance and protection to civilians in many contemporary conflicts negotiate access with armed groups from a position of weakness. They consequently concede many of their demands, compromising humanitarian operations and principles, and leaving millions of vulnerable civilians beyond reach. Using a structural analysis of the negotiation process in many recent humanitarian crises this article demonstrates the basis of this marked power asymmetry and challenges the assumption in much of the literature that this power imbalance is immutable. Humanitarian negotiators have access to a range of tactics that can alter the structure of the negotiation to reach more favorable outcomes. This article argues that these strategies have proved effective in many recent negotiations, but also carry significant risks to humanitarian actors and to the civilians they seek to assist.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherMartinus Nijhoff Publishers
dc.rights© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2018
dc.sourceInternational Negotiation
dc.titleOvercoming Power Asymmetry in Humanitarian Negotiations with Armed Groups
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2018
local.identifier.absfor160607 - International Relations
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9905225xPUB79
local.publisher.urlhttps://brill.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationClements, Ashley, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage367
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage393
local.identifier.doi10.1163/15718069-23031136
local.identifier.absseo940399 - International Relations not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absseo940302 - International Aid and Development
dc.date.updated2019-03-12T07:45:53Z
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