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An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse

War, a lot of people – hundreds of thousands – came to Switzerland seeking asylum. Many of them were later granted Swiss nationality. They were well integrated. Nothing like that has happened since in Switzerland. Those born after the mid 1990s – about half of the people working for SOS in Switzerland today – have never seen these supposedly ‘European principles’ in action. So for them, it’s more about defining the kind of society in which they actually want to live. Although Switzerland has always had an ambiguous and difficult relationship with

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order

71 countries registering a reduction in political rights and civil liberties ( Freedom House, 2018 ). All of which puts the viability of global liberal institutions increasingly in doubt. This idea of a protected place where, regardless of one’s identity (ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, but also whether or not one is a dissident), one’s basic rights are secure is constitutively liberal. As fewer and fewer governments, and more and more people, view the existence of such a sanctuary within society as fanciful, illegitimate and

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

2012, I organised one-day risk-analysis workshops during each of my visits (be it Colombia, Myanmar, Algeria, the Sahel or the Democratic Republic of Congo), with all of the team members – from the head of mission to support staff. I wanted to make sure the teams had a shared view of the context and of the risks taken by the organisation and by each of them, according to their individual profile (gender, nationality, ethnicity and position in the

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Uses and Misuses of International Humanitarian Law and Humanitarian Principles

Napoleon III to request a concession in Algeria, came upon the battlefield and the dying, and the spectacle shocked the fervent evangelical (he was one of the founders of the Young Men’s Christian Association, later known as the YMCA). Dunant took an active part in organising first aid for the wounded, regardless of nationality, and later wrote a gripping account of the battle, celebrating the battlefield exploits of the combatants and depicting in unvarnished detail the

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Staff Security and Civilian Protection in the Humanitarian Sector

individual profiles are exposed to different levels of risk according to, inter alia, age, ethnicity, gender, nationality and sexuality ( EISF, 2018 ). In some cases, as in the bombings of ICRC and UN headquarters in Iraq in 2003, aid agencies and their staff are specifically targeted, and this could explain singling staff out from the rest of the civilian population on a case-by-case basis. However, it is not evident that the category of

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Managing the criminal facets of war economies

now engaging in areas of reform which involve combating illicit and illegal structures. Either they reconsider their role in engaging in such activities and choose not to do so, given the inherent contradictions of these tasks with their organisational culture, or they move forward and allow for or create the structures which are needed to engage in such work. Also limiting an effective post-conflict justice programme is the diversity of staff in regard to nationality. Undoubtedly, there is strength in having a mixture of staff from different nations, but there is

in Building a peace economy?
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Protecting borders, confirming statehood and transforming economies?

several international staff remaining for years rather than months. In addition, the international management was largely British. This is not meant to suggest that UK customs officers are necessarily superior to customs officers from other nations, but to suggest that the continuity offered by having a single nationality willing to make a long-term contribution likely led to some of the success within the agency. While coordination with regional counterparts has been addressed in the previous section, another concern in large international missions, such as UNMIK, is

in Building a peace economy?

multiethnic Dagestani society but do not allow the single Chechen nationality3 to aim for the unity of their own political elite necessary for the founding of an independent state? Why does the multi-ethnic, continuously in-fighting Dagestani elite nevertheless arrange a system of effective cooperation among themselves and seek close collaboration with Moscow, but the Chechen leaders, who belong to one nationality, are at odds with one another in the periods of peaceful independent development and unite only in times of direct opposition to Russia, exhibiting a monolithic and

in Potentials of disorder
The public debates of the 1980s, 1990s and twenty-first century

discussion of the following concepts: nation, nationalism, nationality, the State and citizenship. After a brief overview of the different ways in which these concepts have been defined historically, their relevance within the post-revolutionary French context will be discussed. The section entitled ‘The politicisation of immigration’ will focus on the debates of the last thirty years, starting with the 1980s and 1990s and the context of the emerging far Right; the debates on nationality and integration; the recurring linkages made between immigration and law and order (l

in Identities, discourses and experiences
Conflict with minorities

post-imperial state therefore not only lacked the capacity to enforce a monopoly over legitimate violence, it also failed to overcome the challenges of establishing a stable nation among its culturally diverse population. Although the PRC recognised itself as a multi-ethnic state of fifty-six ‘nationalities’ ( minzu ), including the Han or Chinese, pledged to support minority rights and established so

in Violence and the state