Humanitarian Action: The Conflict Connection

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This document considers the impact of humanitarian action on recent armed conflicts, evaluating the proposition that humanitarian initiatives fuel conflict. For this purpose it discusses the following main issues:

- Historical perspective
- The conflict connection
- Minimizing the conflict connection
- Humanitarian action and conflict transformation

Aiming to identify and analyse recurrent problems and discuss how agencies in various environments have sought to cope with them, the document particularly focuses on complex emergencies in the Caucasus, the former Yugoslavia, Central Africa, and Central America.

The study relies on data accumulated in previous case studies of the Humanitarianism and War Project as well as draws on analyses of other significant humanitarian emergencies in the effort to develop a comprehensive understanding of the topic.