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Mobilizing for International Disaster Relief: comparing US and EU approaches to the 2010 Haiti earthquake
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, ISSN 1547-7355, Vol. 8, no 1, 24- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the face of an increased incidence of complex natural disasters around the world, the international donor community plays a critical role in mobilizing support to fragile and weak states, lacking adequate emergency response capacities, infrastructure, and health service. The United States and the European Union are two of the most important players in these efforts, both in terms of supporting the UN system and by providing resources and personnel at disaster sites. But to date, few studies have assessed what challenges and opportunities the U.S. and the EU face when mobilizing for international disaster relief. This article sets out to fill this gap by studying the response to the January 2010 Haiti earthquake. In so doing, this article draws on three categories of capacities: "public leadership," "inter-agency coordination," and "civil-military cooperation," to identify common challenges and opportunities in response capacities and in order to generate recommendations for strengthening transatlantic disaster responses in the future.

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2011. Vol. 8, no 1, 24- p.
Keyword [en]
Haiti earthquake, disaster relief, emergency management, civil-military cooperation
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155243DOI: 10.2202/1547-7355.1869ISI: 000291213100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155243DiVA: diva2:425286
Available from: 2011-06-21 Created: 2011-06-20 Last updated: 2011-06-21Bibliographically approved

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