‘Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance’ Now Available in the UK!

My book, Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance, is now available in the UK from Amazon UK (which is offering a 15% discount and free shipping within the UK). The book will be released in the US in February 2010. To see a sneak preview of the book, including the entire introductory chapter, click here. The book’s blurb describes it as follows:

In the decade since the signing of the Ottawa Treaty, which banned the production and use of anti-personnel mines, governments have spent over $3 billion on clearing up and mitigating the security threat of mines, cluster munitions and other unexploded ordnance in the world’s current and former war zones. However, this flow of cash into regions dominated by violent social structures raises numerous political issues. Through detailed archival and field research, this book explores the politics behind the allocation and implementation of foreign aid by the US and Norway for demining in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan. It is an essential resource for practitioners and policymakers working in the field of landmine clearance and for students and researchers of development studies and post-war reconstruction.

The book has already gained critical acclaim from some high-profile academics:

‘This important book shows how foreign aid can help build human security in the aftermath of war – or, unfortunately, make the situation worse. It also demonstrates how partnerships between ‘middle powers’, like Norway, and global civil society can play a key role in building collective security through developing international law. This is an ideal text for policymakers involved in post-conflict reconstruction, as well as students of international relations.’ —Mary Kaldor CBE, Professor of Global Governance, London School of Economics

‘Matthew Bolton sheds crucial light on how foreign aid in general and demining programs in particular make compromises with power structures. He shows that links between demining agencies and the defense industry or military factions can skew attention away from vulnerable civilians most affected by mines. It should be required reading for professionals in the mine action sector.’ —Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)

‘This is a high-quality piece of work, well written, with interesting analysis rooted in on-the-ground fieldwork. The reservations about the involvement of private security companies in demining are extremely important, as is the discussion of the dangers of short-term contracts and ‘cut-throat’ competition in reconstruction tendering.’ —David Keen, Professor of Complex Emergencies, London School of Economics

If you are a mine action professional, the publisher IB Tauris has arranged a special 30% discount (not including shipping). To take advantage of this deal, fill out this form with the discount code 3LA and send it to IB Tauris.

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~ by Matthew Bolton on 18 January 2010.

One Response to “‘Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance’ Now Available in the UK!”

  1. Hi, Matthew.

    My name is Benjamin Wang, and I am a Ph.D candidate at Cornell University researching the environmental-technological impacts of landmines in Sudan. It would be fantastic to talk/meet with you about our mutual interest. I can be reached at benjamin(dot)wang(at)cornell(dot)edu. Looking forward to your reply!

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