Texts and Readings

The Responsibility to Protect, Gareth Evans, The Brookings Institution, 2008

ISBN 978-0-8157-2504-6

Additional materials: A number of other texts and materials are relevant and useful, but not required. In general, the available readings on Humanitarian Assistance are less formally academic than what you may be used to from other graduate level courses. In addition to reviewed academic publications, we will utilize “grey literature” working papers, field reports, multimedia sources, and even agency promotional literature to try and obtain as rich a picture of the humanitarian world as possible.

The Sphere Project: Humanitarian Charter ands Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, The Sphere Project and OXFAM Publishing, Oxford, UK, revised edition 2004.

Emergency Relief Operations, Kevin M. Cahill, ed., Fordham University Press, 2003.

Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response, Jennifer Leaning, Susan Briggs and Lincoln Chen, eds. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1999.

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Humanitarian Relief in Complex Emergencies, Andrew S. Natsios, Center for Strategic and International Studies and Praeger Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1997.

The Humanitarian Enterprise: Dilemmas and Discoveries, Larry Minear, Kumarian Press, Bloomfield Conn. 2002.

Basics of International Humanitarian Missions, Kevin M. Cahill, ed., Fordham University Press, 2003.

The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World, Ian Smillie and Larry Minear, Kumarian Press, 2004.

A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis, David Reiff, Simon & Schuster, 2002

Selected Journals:

Disaster Prevention and Management: An International Journal (UK)

Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management

Forced Migration Review

International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (International Research Committee on Disasters, American Sociological Association)

Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management (The Netherlands)

Journal of Emergency Management

The Liaison (for Civil-Military Humanitarian Relief Collaboration) (Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Hawaii)


Contact Information

Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 118
Honolulu, HI 96822