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Ziadah, Rafeef (2019) 'Circulating power: humanitarian logistics, militarism and the United Arab Emirates.' Antipode, 51 (5). pp. 1684-1702.

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Abstract

While critical authors have interrogated the roots of business logistics, this paper extends the analysis and contributes to a larger critique of the cohering field of Humanitarian Logistics (HL), noting the overlap in the logistical cartographies of militarism and humanitarianism. The focus is on the UAE’s expanding logistics space into the Horn of Africa and the production of specialised HL zones like Dubai International Humanitarian City (DIHC). The article makes three core arguments. First, a logistics lens enables us to expand the study of aid beyond immediate conflict zones, into more distant spaces often constructed as ‘stable’. Second, the placement of logistics at the core of aid delivery has been a key mechanism for inserting market imperatives into humanitarian activities. Third, this gives countries outside the advanced core, such as the UAE, power to leverage and expand their logistics space for multiple purposes, in war making, aid, and commercial activities.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: humanitarian logistics, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai International Humanitarian City, Horn of Africa, Yemen
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 14678330
Copyright Statement: © 2019 The Author. Antipode © 2019 Antipode Foundation Ltd. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Antipode published by Wiley. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12547
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12547
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 14:14
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/31002
Related URLs: https://onlinel ... ournal/14678330 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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