New publication: Humanitarian corridors in Ukraine: the illusion of an ideal solution

Thursday, 10 March, 2022

"Humanitarian corridor". In just a few days, these two words have become a common theme in public speeches about Ukraine, evoking the illusion of an ideal solution to the suffering of people trapped in cities surrounded by Russian forces. However, the imperative need to support any initiative that aims to allow civilians who wish to flee a combat zone should not obscure the political instrumentalisation of which humanitarian corridors are sometimes the object, nor the complexity of their implementation. Indeed, recent history teaches us that it would be a mistake to place too much hope in a temporary and restricted right of passage, the respect of which is subject to the fragile goodwill of the parties to the conflict.

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