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Weiss, Thomas G. Humanitarian Business. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013.

A singular development of the post-Cold War era is the use of military force to protect human beings, oftentimes approved by the UN Security Council or at least discussed by that body. The changing political and military conditions generate a demand for humanitarian aid, which results in the marketization of protection and relief. Security Council decisions and ultimately the reaction by aid agencies demonstrate that everything may have a price—from access and principles, to moral authority and lives.

Entry Submitted By: Thomas G. Weiss

About the author: Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. He has served ACUNS as chair of the board (2006-2009), editor of Global Governance (2000-2005), and executive director (1992-1998).