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About the Author

For the past twenty years Larry Minear has worked as a researcher on international and internal armed conflicts, interviewing aid workers, soldiers, and local populations in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Director of the Humanitarianism and War Project at Brown and then at Tufts universities, he is the author, co-author, or editor of several dozen research monographs and fourteen books, including (with Ian Smillie) The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World. He retired in 2006 and resides in Orleans, Massachusetts.

Selected Works by the Same Author


The Charity of Nations: Humanitarian Action in a Calculating World (with Ian Smillie). Bloomfield, CT.: Kumarian Press, 2004.

The Humanitarian Enterprise: Dilemmas and Discoveries, by Larry Minear. Bloomfield, CT.: Kumarian Press, 2002.

Political Gain and Civilian Pain: The Humanitarian Impact of Economic Sanctions, edited by Thomas G. Weiss, David Cortright, George Lopez, and Larry Minear. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997.

Soldiers to the Rescue: Humanitarian Lessons from Rwanda, by Larry Minear and Philippe Guillot.  Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 1996.  (Also in French).

The News Media, Civil War and Humanitarian Action, by Larry Minear, Colin Scott, and Thomas G. Weiss.  Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1996. (123pp.)

Mercy Under Fire: War and the Global Humanitarian Community, by Larry Minear and Thomas G. Weiss. Boulder: Westview, 1995. (260 pp.)

Humanitarian Politics, by Larry Minear and Thomas G. Weiss. New York: Foreign Policy Association, 1995. (72 pp.)

Humanitarian Action in Times of War: A Handbook for Practitioners, by Larry Minear and Thomas G. Weiss. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, May 1993. (107 pp.) Also available in Spanish, Acción Humanitaria en Tiempos de Guerra (117 pp.), and in French, Action Humanitaire en Temps de Guerre (122 pp.)

Humanitarianism Across Borders: Sustaining Civilians in Times of War, edited by Thomas G. Weiss and Larry Minear. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 1993. (210 pp.)

Helping People in an Age of Conflict: Toward a New Professsionalism in U.S. Voluntary Humanitarian Assistance, by Larry Minear. New York and Washington: InterAction, 1988.

Research Monographs

“The U.S. Citizen-Soldier and the Global War on Terror: The National Guard Experience.”  Feinstein International Center, Tufts University: Sept. 2007.

Mapping the Security Environment: Understanding the Perceptions of Local Communities, Peace Support Operations, and Assistance Agencies, (with Antonio Donini, Ian Smillie, Ted van Baarda, and A.C. Welch), Medford: Feinstein International Famine Center, 2005.

Ambiguity and Change: Humanitarian NGOs Prepare for the Future,” (with Peter Walker and others), Medford: Feinstein International Famine Center, 2004.

“The Future of Humanitarian Action, Implications of Iraq and Recent Crises,” January 2004. Report of an International Mapping Exercise. (

The Quality of Money: Donor Behavior in Humanitarian Financing (with Ian Smillie).  Medford, MA: April 2003. Prepared for a June 2003 conference in Stockholm on good donor behavior and also available at

Journal and Magazine Articles

Foreword, Christopher Ankersen, ed.   Civil military cooperation in post-conflict operations.  London: Routledge, 2007.

“Between Cooptation and Irrelevance: Humanitarian Action After Iraq,” with Antonio Donini, and Peter Walker. Journal of Refugee Studies Vol. 17, No. 3, Oxford University Press, 2004.

“Mapping the Implications of Iraq and Other Recent Crises,” by Antonio Donini, Larry Minear and Peter Walker. Disasters, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2004, pp. 190-204.

“Military Haberdashery in Afghanistan” (an article by Ted van Baarda Larry Minear in Forced Migration Review): 2002

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