Out of sight, out of mind: Europe's increasing pushback against migrants
The Politics of Infectious Disease - editors' introduction
In this issue, both the special section on the politics of infectious disease, and the other contributions, highlight and return to concerns that have long plagued humanitarianism. For example, all...
Les 50 ans de MSF, ou comment l'humanitaire reste une épine dans le pied des dirigeants
Dresser le bilan de cinquante années d’action humanitaire de Médecins Sans Frontières tout en faisant l’inventaire des défis à venir est un exercice délicat. Avec des activités dans plus ...
The Business of Conflict: Humanitarian Assistance and the War Economy in Syria
The Syrian crisis is one of the most serious humanitarian disasters in recent history. Yet the widely reported numbers–more than 6 million displaced, including 5 million refugees–reflect...
Research and humanitarian aid: navigating the unpredictable, limiting the avoidable
In the world of international assistance, unsolicited visits by researchers – whether sent from the headquarters of the organisation or from other structures – have long generated conflicting...
Radical Objects: The Obelisk of Axum and the Complexities of Restitution
As aid agencies struggle to access and respond to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Tigray, a comparatively minor note of physical destruction has understandably garnered little attention. In a...
Vaccination: A Matter of Trust, with Caveats
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch16.01.2021
The palpable relief being felt by many over the accelerating approvals of apparently safe and efficient Covid-19 vaccines is hardly surprising. But away from triumphalist headlines, partially satiric ...
Der Schutz der humanitären Arbeit beginnt bei uns selber
States always find ways and means to exclude unwanted aid organisations. The drastic tightening of anti-terror legislation is only the latest manifestation of these methods.
International aid in the Covid era: the need for transparency
Duncan McLean, Françoise Duroch11.06.2020
The scale and spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the large number of deaths it has caused, have created a toxic mix of rumour and innuendo – further complicating aid operations that...
Medical care in armed conflict: Perpetrator discourse in historical perspective
Although the Geneva Conventions have been successively revised since 1864, norms regarding the protection of medical care have been frequently disregarded. Despite current claims of international...
Plagues of Prejudice
In December 1899 Honolulu-based physicians attributed two deaths to bubonic plague, and a local paper duly announced that the ‘scourge of the Orient’ had arrived. Within months a first plague...
Humanitarian implications of a re-assertion of State sovereignty
Whilst there is indeed a trend towards the strengthening of State sovereignty, this concept is more multifaceted and ambivalent than it might appear. The author invites us to take stock of its...