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Loosing soft power in hard places: humanitarianism after the US invasion of Iraq

Munslow, Barry and O'Dempsey, Timothy ORCID: (2009) 'Loosing soft power in hard places: humanitarianism after the US invasion of Iraq'. Progress in Development Studies, Vol 9, Issue 1, pp. 3-13.

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The US choice of a misdirected target of priority concern, a War on Terror, combined with the use of hard power to the absolute detriment of soft power has undermined the enlightenment values that had begun to flourish in the form of humanitarian policies, values and laws which could have informed international cooperation and development in the twenty-first century. The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has had serious implications for humanitarianism worldwide, has provided a huge propaganda victory to Islamic extremists, and has diverted international attention and resources from major humanitarian emergencies elsewhere and from todays most significant threat to human survival, global climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: enlightenment values hard power soft power humanitarian space humanitarian policies Iraq US foreign policy
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Accident and Injury Prevention. Disasters > WA 295 Disasters. Disaster medicine. Rescue work. Terrorism
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 525 General works
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Clinical Group
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 10:47
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 15:08


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