- Title Pages
- One The Role of the UN Secretary-General
- Two Palestine, the Third World, and the UN as Seen from a Special Commission
- Three On Behalf of the United Nations
- Four The UN Statehood Bid
- Five The Wrong Kind of Intervention in Syria
- Six Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”
- Seven The UN Security Council and Ghosts of Iraq
- Eight Iraq
- Nine Libya: A UN Resolution and NATO’s Failure to Protect
- Ten Peacekeeping and the Arab World
- Eleven The UN Human Rights Game and the Arab Region
- Twelve The Politics of the Sanctions on Iraq and the UN Humanitarian Exception
- Thirteen An Agency for the Palestinians?
- Fourteen Challenged but Steadfast
- Fifteen The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Iraq Refugee Operation
- Sixteen The Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Middle East
- Seventeen The Middle East
- Eighteen The UN, the Economic and Social Commission for West Asia, and Development in the Arab World
- Nineteen The United Nations, Palestine, Liberation, and Development
- Twenty Peacebuilding in Palestine
- Twenty-One The International Labour Organization and Workers’ Rights in the Arab Region
- Twenty-Two Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency
- Twenty-Three The Protective Shields
The Middle East
The Middle East
A Mandatory Return to Humanitarian Action
- (p.372) Seventeen The Middle East
- Land of Blue Helmets
Caroline Abu Sa’Da
- University of California Press
This chapter examines how the Syrian crisis has exposed the limitations of mixing political and humanitarian activities and its damaging impact on the delivery of much-needed assistance to Syrian civilians. Some actors, such as United Nations and some of its agencies, have faced challenges in their ability to provide aid to people on the ground because their political mandate has largely overruled the humanitarian imperative. Other actors, such as Médecins Sans Frontières (or Doctors without Borders; MSF), are compelled to challenge this political frame, even if they face huge difficulties in delivering humanitarian aid in an impartial and independent manner. The chapter considers how the Middle East challenges conventional actors—in particular MSF and the UN—over the limits of their mandates and/or actions. It presents case studies to demonstrate how these limits have influenced the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Syria.
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