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European cities in which its operational centres are based, and will the International Rescue Committee move from its New York headquarters to Dakar, Jakarta or Quito? At the moment, the answer of most major relief groups is implied by their stasis: no. But some measure of devolution appears necessary if they are to retain legitimacy. The gravest political challenge NGOs face lies not in what is going on in the Global South but rather what is going on at home in the Global North, particularly in Europe. If humanitarian certainties have been upended, it

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Editor’s Introduction

argues ( Champy, 2018: 17 ), ‘when action is required in highly singular and complex situations, common solutions that can be automatically inferred from routines, rules or scientific knowledge, might lead to mistakes and damages. Indeed, the singularity of the situation may imply that… the situation does not allow for a high degree of certainty’. In such situations, transmission of knowledge between peers is critical. The first two articles of this issue remind us of the importance of considering side by

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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A bounded security role in a greater Europe

countries. Tim McDaniel has described this idea as the certainty that Russia has a distinctive cultural and historical tradition that sets it apart from the rest of Europe and guarantees its future as a great power.23 Not surprisingly, the problem with this idea of Russia – la grande Russie and la Russie éternelle – is that the Russian state can no longer support it, the Russian people can no longer endure it, and Europe can no longer afford it. Russia is too close to ignore, too big to integrate, too unstable to rattle, and too nuclear to offend: neither the United

in Limiting institutions?
Constructing security in historical perspective

replaced as Labour Party leader by Ehud Barak. Conclusion Theirs ‘was a struggle between hard-liners and soft-liners, security-centredness and diplomacy, intractability and conciliation, and the certainty of war and a chance for peace’ ( Morris, 1993 : 227). While this statement by the founding new historian Benny Morris alludes to the historical competition between David

in Redefining security in the Middle East
Journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication

power and certainty that articulates in its news narratives and adopt instead a view of ‘shared risk’ in which people embrace equally concerns about a common future, therefore calling into play the principle of average utility. 9 Our thesis is that by doing this, ‘risk’ could be journalistically narrativised as a more rational process in our daily lives rather than just be assumed in terms of

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
New threats, institutional adaptations

wide variety of regime types conjoined to ethnic and religious animosities, and multilateralism remains a relatively alien form of statecraft. As compared to Europe, Eurasia is a highly heterogeneous security space and the prospects for a collective identity are correspondingly low. Moreover, there is neither an effective institutional mechanism for enforcing the convergence of domestic values on a pan-regional basis, nor a certainty that the values underpinning the western system of security governance are either universal or compatible with existing indigeneous

in Limiting institutions?