SOAS University of London

Department of Development Studies

Humanitarianism at the Risk of Imperialism

Dr Rony Brauman (1999 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Former President of Doctors without Borders (MSF, Paris))

Date: 3 March 2010Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 3 March 2010Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

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Dr Rony Brauman: Humanitarianism at the Risk of Imperialism


Qualified as a medical doctor, Rony Brauman has worked in the field of international medical assistance since 1977.

Initially serving as a field physician in developing countries with Médecins San Frontières (France), he gained experience in the provision of medical humanitarian assistance in contexts of wars, refugee and IDP camps. He became the President of the organization from 1982 -1994. During this period, MSF became recognized as the largest and the most effective transnational not-for-profit medical agency. MSF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

Dr Brauman's interests range from ethical issues at stake in the relationships between humanitarianism and politics, to humanitarian discourses and practices primarily in war and natural disaster settings. He authored several documentary films, essays and books on these matters.

He is currently Associate Professor at L'Institut d'Études Politiques (Paris), Director of Research at the MSF Foundation also in Paris, and Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.

Organiser: Professor Gilbert Achcar