SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

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

Text - Accepted Version
Download (336kB) | Preview


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:
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 16 May 2019 14:14
Related URLs: https://onlinel ... ournal/14678330 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item