The Rise and Fall of the International Humanitarian System
Is a principled humanitarian system still more effective in addressing the assistance to, and protection of, people in need? Or are 9/11, Afghanistan and now Burma proof of the contrary?
According to one of the leading research institutions on humanitarian affairs, the Humanitarian Enterprise is increasingly caught between political and security agendas and the coping strategies of a rising number of people in need. How far should the international system uphold humanitarian principles and values, and to what extent is more pragmatism called for?
Prof. Peter Walker, Feinstein International Center, Boston
Secretary-General Elisabeth Rasmusson, Norwegian Refugee Council
Colonel Bjørn Tore Solberg, Ministry of Defense
Adviser Arne Jan Flølo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Director General Geir O. Pedersen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs