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The role of the affected state in humanitarian action: A case study on Pakistan

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This paper describes the role of the Pakistani state in humanitarian action. It looks at the structure and capacity of state institutions, in particular at the interesting balance of power between national and local state capacity on the one hand, and military and civilian authority on the other; discusses the two recent natural disasters in Pakistan in greater depth and looks at the lessons which could be learned from these humanitarian responses; and concludes with some ideas on the way forward for Pakistan in disaster management.

Harriet Cochrane