Academic journal article Military Review

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Humanitarian Relief in Complex Emergencies

Academic journal article Military Review

U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Humanitarian Relief in Complex Emergencies

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U.S. FOREIGN POLICY AND THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE, HUMANITARIAN RELIEF IN COMPLEX EMERGENCIES by Andrew S. Natsios. 192 pages. Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT. 1997. $55.00 Cloth. $15.95 Paperback.

Andrew S. Natsios' thorough, penetrating and thought-provoking book looks at complex humanitarian emergencies (CHEs). Natsios' credentials are superb. He is vice president of World Vision US, a key faith-based nongovernmental organization. He is also executive director of World Vision's technical arm-World Vision Relief and Development. He oversees program development and resource acquisition from the US government and corporate donors for relief and development programs. From 1989 through 1993, he was a top official in the US Agency for International Development.

Natsios is also a retired Army reservist who served on active duty in Kuwait City immediately after the Gulf War cease-fire as well as on the joint staff at the Pentagon for four months in 1993, where he worked on Bosnia and Somalia issues. From 1975 to 1987, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and from 1980 to 1987, he was chair of the state Republican committee. His diverse roles and experiences served him well in this book.

CHEs, instances of profound suffering amid the dysfunctional public and private apparatus of a "failed state," such as Somalia, have recently required military involvement for logistic and/or security support of relief efforts. …

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