A bridge too far: aid agencies and the military in humanitarian response

Some analysts consider the merging of humanitarian, political and military roles and goals inevitable, practical and desirable. Others believe that in attempting to bring political, military and humanitarian objectives within the same framework, there is a danger that humanitarian objectives and principles will be compromised. As a result, the capacity to alleviate suffering will be diminished. Still, others take a pragmatic approach to civil military cooperation, establishing policy and negotiating the more contentious 'grey areas' on a case-by-case basis.