Are humanitarian wars justified?
With Rony Brauman
Introduction by Gaïdz Minassian
Thursday 24 October 2019, at 7 pm
Rony Brauman, former president of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), questions the missions undertaken by intervention forces, commissioned by a single power or a multilateral coalition, which justify these operations in the name of morality and humanitarian urgency. Since the end of the cold war, UN and humanitarian interventions have multiplied on five continents. Are these operations really justified? Has the return of the “just war” to the strategic debate given us a more stable and more peaceful world, or does it lead to operations that are at times illegal but not illegitimate, sometimes over-hasty and often endless.
Rony Brauman (b. 1950) graduated in epidemiology and tropical medicine. After working for several years as a physician in the field, mainly in conflict situations and refugee camps, he became president of MSF in 1982 and held this position until 1994. He was a lecturer (1992-2000) and then associate professor at Sciences Po Paris (2003-2015). He is currently Director of Studies at the Médecins Sans Frontières Foundation, and Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) of the University of Manchester (UK). He is the author of several books, documentary films and numerous articles on humanitarian action.
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