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Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control


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List of Illustrations Preface & Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations Chapter 1: Disarmament as Humanitarian Action? Chapter 2: Testimonialization and Weapons Control Chapter 3: Medicalization and Weapons Control Chapter 4: Legalization and Weapons Control Chapter 5: An Effects Based Approach to Weapons Bibliography About the Author

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Ritu Mathur is assistant professor at University of Texas at San Antonio.


Ritu Mathur's path breaking book shows how humanitarianism changed as it moved to center stage. Some of the most fundamental assumptions behind disarmament remain poorly appreciated and rarely acknowledged. After reading Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control, it is impossible to take those assumptions for granted. There is nothing sacred in this, the most innovative and persuasive re-telling of the disarmament experience. Every student of humanitarianism and disarmament should pay attention. -- Aaron Karp, Old Dominion University
Mathur provides us with one of the most comprehensive analyses of the humanitarian approach to disarmament and arms control, which has sought to place moral concerns and the voices of those most affected by violence at the center of global conversations about security. This in-depth and longitudinal study of the International Committee of the Red Cross illuminates the politics of pathos, as it is deployed by those seeking to mitigate the harm of indiscriminate violence. Mathur is careful to examine over-heated claims of the transformative potential of humanitarian disarmament, offering a sympathetic critique. This book will be a crucial resource for activists and advocates, as well as scholars of international relations and critical security studies. -- Matthew Bolton, Pace University
Besides its activities on the ground to protect and assist the victims of armed conflicts and its work to develop, promote, and implement international humanitarian law, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has played an important role to incite States to ban or to limit the use of indiscriminate or particularly cruel weapons. In this excellent book, Ritu Mathur gives not only a very complete picture of this lesser known role of the ICRC, but also a brilliant and in-depth analysis of this activity, which is not only complex on the technical plane, but also delicate at the political and diplomatic level. -- Yves Sandoz, ICRC

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