Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783601226 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783601233 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges

How Foreign Aid Became a Casualty of War

Peter Gill

Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges

Peter Gill

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288 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2016
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783601226 Published May 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783601233 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
The “War on Terror” has politicized foreign aid in a way never before seen, with often devastating consequences. Aid workers are being killed in unprecedented numbers, and civilians in war-torn countries abandoned to their fate. From the battlefield in Afghanistan to the frontier refugee camps in Pakistan, the ravaged streets of Mogadishu to the tense flashpoint of the Turkey-Syria border, Peter Gill travels to some of the most conflict-stricken places on earth to reveal the new relationship between aid agencies and western security. While some agencies have clung to their neutrality, he finds others risking their impartiality in their pursuit of official funding.  
In a world where the advance of Islamic State constitutes the gravest affront to humanitarian practice and principle faced in decades, Gill poses the crucial question—can Western nations go to war in a country and aid it at the same time?

Part I: Front Lines
1. End of the White Saviour
2. Development at Gunpoint
3. Meetings with Remarkable Men
4. Taking a Bullet for Polio
5. Frontier Manoeuvres
6. Blue UN, Black UN
7. Delay Costs Lives
8. Acts of Faith

Part II: Home Fronts
9. With All Those Who Suffer
10. When Aid Become a Crime
11. Doing Well by Doing Good
12. The Police, Not the Stasi
13. Making Poverty History?
14. French Lessons
15. Running Out of Words

Conclusion: How Many Cheers for Neutrality?

Review Quotes
Alex de Waal, author of Darfur and coauthor of Advocacy in Conflict
“A superb book that shines a spotlight into critical but neglected issues. It promises to open up an essential and urgent debate on humanitarian values in today’s polarized politics.”
John Hilary, executive director, War on Want
“With more and more aid money being diverted to serve national security interests, Gill challenges those NGOs that signed up as ‘force multipliers’ for Western governments and got rich on the proceeds. An important book for all those who care about the future of our world.”
Richard Dowden, author of Africa: Altered States, Everyday Miracles
“Gill challenges our assumptions about the neutrality of aid in conflict. His book is a must read for anyone concerned about the humanitarian aid business.”
Linda Polman, author of War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times
“A solid yet very readable analysis of the state of the humanitarian aid industry in the world’s current conflicts. And it holds a warning: for true humanitarianism to survive, its fundamental principles need to be reaffirmed. Urgently.”
William Easterly, author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights
“In this brilliantly written account, Peter Gill bravely documents the tragic consequences of aid agencies and NGOs subordinating themselves to the War on Terror. Gill's book eloquently persuades us all that it is past time for a re-affirmation of the values of neutral and politically independent development that respects the rights and wants of the poor as an end in themselves.”
Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: Making A Killing Out Of Catastrophe
“Peter Gill visits the frontline in some of the most dangerous warzones in the world, and powerfully challenges the concept of benign aid. For anybody who believes in the need for a more peaceful world, this is an essential read.”
Publishers Weekly
“In this urgent and incisive book of reportage, Gill argues that the loss of neutrality as a principle of humanitarian aid has been devastating for those caught in the crossfire of the war on terror. . . . Gill’s deft analysis and reporting provide an enlightening account of a new world disorder, where the ‘civilized principles supposedly governing a war’ have been forfeited.”
Times Literary Supplement
Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges focuses on another victim of the War on Terror, that of humanitarian aid: both its principles and its work in relieving the suffering of the most needy in the world. At the heart of the story is the concept, importance and abandonment of neutrality. . . . Gill shows with shocking clarity that a lack of neutrality on the part of aid organizations is giving rise to ‘A fateful confusion . . . between Western military boots on the ground and Western aid workers.’”
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