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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
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fail to grasp the potential for change towards a greater respect for the person that may be present in the circumstances at hand; it is to consider that one has nothing to learn, and it is to continue to ‘overlook’ other cultural traditions in a way that is characteristic of the profoundly Eurocentric conceptions and interests that dominate international politics. Contractarianism has exerted a powerful effect on ways of thinking not only about the internal constitution of states but about international politics, although the form of

in Human rights and the borders of suffering