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A Congolese Experience
Justine Brabant

accounts produced in other fields, or that it is the only profession that imports jargon from others. Certain tics of journalistic language are picked up by other producers of discourse on armed conflict and extreme violence. Journalists’ expectations – whether real or presumed – shape the work of many of their interlocutors, humanitarian workers included. But what is distinct about the borrowing I am talking about is that it involves describing war in ways that are produced

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The Law and Politics of Responding to Attacks against Aid Workers
Julia Brooks and Rob Grace

, the scope of the interviewee pool allows for an examination of the policy discourse at the global level, especially among those disproportionately represented in policymaking. The majority of the interviews, 104 in total, were conducted remotely via Skype or telephone. Additional interviews, totalling 14, were undertaken in person in Cambridge, Massachusetts (United States), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and Beirut and Byblos (Lebanon). This article is divided into five sections. The first three sections examine, in turn, legal accountability efforts – or the lack

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Brendan T. Lawson

amalgamation that recognises the ‘everydayness’ of quantification, mediation and suffering ( Frosh, 2011 : 386). This account provides a counterpoint to some of the previous arguments concerning quantification by exploring the potentials of calculation to open up distinct, and morally desirable, spaces within humanitarianism. In doing so, we can see the potential of using the literature on ‘meaning’ (incorporating communication, representation, discourse and rhetoric) to explore

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German Responses to the June 2019 Mission of the Sea-Watch 3
Klaus Neumann

, because it is there that the idea of Europe has been most severely compromised (see Tazzioli and Walter, 2019 ; see also Bell, 2010 ). 17 It is no accident that the support for private SAR missions is strongest in three of the core EU countries – France, Italy and Germany – where the discourse of European solidarity and European values goes back to the 1950s. The support for SAR missions in the Mediterranean can also draw on the discourse about human rights for non-citizens. Over the past decade in particular, the idea that non-German residents of Germany enjoy the

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Editor’s Introduction
Michaël Neuman, Fernando Espada, and Róisín Read

Most mainstream discourses on humanitarian security would not consider the community engagement of a team of anthropologists in three West African countries during the Ebola epidemic of 2014–16 as directly related to security – and their article in this special issue on ‘Security and Protection’ hardly touches on security as its own topic. Instead, it provides a detailed account of the need for a thorough understanding of social relationships when defining, and thus securing, humanitarian

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Corporations, Celebrities and the Construction of the Entrepreneurial Refugee Woman
Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catia Gregoratti

, suggests that the promotion of self-reliance through vocational training and entrepreneurship programmes has become the new neoliberal mantra also among refugee-supporting agencies, policymakers and different humanitarian actors ( Easton-Calabria and Omata, 2018 ; Turner, 2019 ; Richey and Brockington, 2020 ). Yet, little attention has been devoted to exploring how the discourse of entrepreneurship is mobilised for the presumed benefit of refugee women in the realm of humanitarian governance, here

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Open Access (free)
Fernando Espada

their space vis-à-vis military actors. The Indicator Framework that Vincenzo Bollettino and Birthe Anders present in ‘Civil–Military Coordination: A Framework for Measuring Effectiveness in Humanitarian Response’ addresses the need for a practical tool in that area. A fascinating aspect of current efforts to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic is the visible decoupling between official messaging and the reality of practices on the ground. The United States has been flagged as an example of the disconnect between the ungrounded discourse emanating from the headquarters

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An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister
Juliano Fiori

decorated living Brazilian diplomat. As we began discussing international affairs and strategy, Amorim’s speech assumed a calm, professorial cadence. ‘Global disorder’ undermines international cooperation, he suggested soberly. And there is a need to rescue human rights discourse, despite the hypocrisy and selectivity of its liberal proponents. Amorim leant forward when I brought up Brazil’s recent withdrawal from the world stage. As foreign minister throughout the two presidential terms of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, from 2003 to 2011, he guided

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Catherine Akurut

of other genders to do away with the seemingly existing hierarchical work being done within and around the gender discourse. Dolan has always taken men who experience CRSV seriously in his analysis and his position, as a prominent researcher and head of a humanitarian organisation which provides care and support to CRSV/M, is fascinating. Also noteworthy in this field are Alastair Hilton and Ken Clearwater, who established the South–South Institute to facilitate collaborations from

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The Politics of ‘Proximity’ and Performing Humanitarianism in Eastern DRC
Myfanwy James

, collecting information and ‘taking the temperature’. Performing Principles Finally, the proximity of some staff became a means of illustrating MSF’s impartiality in practice. As well as interpersonal networks, local staff possessed perceived collective and personal identities which held a collection of meanings and associations. Some staff were known quantities locally, with family ties or political histories. Others had fluid and overlapping, ‘ethnic’ and regional identity markers which mapped onto highly politicised and historically formed discourses of belonging

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