History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Affairs Reader provides a better understanding - both within and outside academia - of the multifaceted demands posed by humanitarian assistance programs. The Reader is a compilation of the most important chapters in the twelve-volume International Humanitarian Affairs book series published by Fordham University Press. Each selected chapter has been updated with relevant and important current information. In addition, the series editor, Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., has written an introductory essay explaining the academic evolution of the discipline of humanitarian assistance. It focuses on the "Fordham Experience": Its Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) has developed practical programs for training field workers, especially those dealing with complex emergencies following conflicts and human-made or natural disasters. The contributors to History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Affairs Reader are leading figures in international diplomacy, relief and refugee operations, and conflict resolution and reconciliation. They include: Valerie Amos; Kofi Annan; Judy Benjamin; Boutros Boutros-Ghali; Frederick Burkle, M.D. ; Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.; Francis Deng; Alain Destexhe; Richard Falk; Richard Goldstone; Paul Grossreider; Peter Hansen; Timothy Harding, M.D.; Larry Hollingworth; Christopher Holshek; Irene Kahn; Pamela Lupton-Bowers; Joseph O'Hare, S.J.; David Rieff; Sam Rose; Richard Ryscavage, S.J.; Ghassan Salame; Nicola Smith; Peter Tarnoff; Jeremy Toye; Ed Tsui; Michel Veuthey; Margareta Wahlstrom; and Alec Wargo.