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Title: Negotiating access to populations of concern in South-East Asia
Authors: Cook, Alistair David Blair
Keywords: Humanitarianism
South-East Asia
Social sciences::Political science
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Cook, A. D. B. (2018). Negotiating access to populations of concern in South-East Asia. The Pacific Review, 31(3), 333-351. doi:10.1080/09512748.2017.1376346
Series/Report no.: The Pacific Review
Abstract: South-East Asia is home to both conflict and ‘natural’ disasters which have caused significant displaced populations. Given this context, there is a need to better understand the motivations of the multiple actors involved in negotiating humanitarian responses, and to account for the impact the finished agreement has on the region both in the short and long terms. This article investigates the motivations behind two humanitarian responses in South-East Asia. The first case is the set of humanitarian responses to the Indochinese exodus in the 1970s and 1980s. The second case is the humanitarian response to those affected by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar during the late 2000s and early 2010. Both of these agreements have been held up as historic and ground breaking achievements within the international relations of South-East Asia. This article assesses these agreements to identify the multiple levels of governance involved and the individual actors’ motivations behind them. It argues that greater appreciation of these dynamics will contribute to understanding the governance of humanitarian responses to populations of concern in South-East Asia. This will be important to consider as new crises emerge that demand new negotiations within a crowded field of actors governing humanitarian responses in the region.
ISSN: 0951-2748
DOI: 10.1080/09512748.2017.1376346
Rights: © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Pacific Review on 28 Sep 2017, available online:
Fulltext Permission: open
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