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Planned Obsolescence of Medical Humanitarian Missions: An Interview with Tony Redmond, Professor and Practitioner of International Emergency Medicine and Co-founder of HCRI and UK-Med

. I have begun to worry about the word ‘humanitarian’ on similar grounds. The phrase ‘this is a humanitarian mission’ first and foremost implies the inherent goodness of the mission; but there is no automatic reason to assume that. It is a funny word. On the one hand, should not everybody try to be humanitarian, try to be humane? I appreciate adherence to humanitarian principles, but people use the word as though it’s a thing in itself – and, when it’s a title that has

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

’, ‘reconfigurations’ and ‘delegations’ of sovereign authority as part of the state’s response to globalisation. Less attention has been paid to the role of the state in promoting and defending the reproduction of a favoured national identity. This analytical indifference is puzzling, inasmuch as constructions of national identity are crucial for internal organisation and cohesion as well as for relations with external actors. Consequently the ongoing reproduction of identity is essential for maintaining group boundaries, or the ‘self-Other nexus’ in Fredrik 29 2504Chap2 7

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