Graduated in International relations (Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris), Logistics in humanitarian settings (Bioforce-Développement) and Anthropology (University Paris I), Judith Soussan joined MSF in 1999. After missions in Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Sudan and the Palestinian territories, she worked in Paris, in particular on protection of civilians. Following a few years break from MSF working as a radio reporter, she has come back to Crash in 2015. She contributed to the book "Saving lives and staying alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" (chapter "Security Issues and Practices in an MSF Mission in the Land of Jihad" - London: Hurst and Co, 2016).
I would like to thank Claudine Vidal and Marc Le Pape for their benevolent yet demanding methodological supervision.
Discussions and interaction with Laurence Binet, Françoise Bouchet-Saulnier, Rony Brauman, Xavier Crombé, Michal Givoni, Fabrice Weissman, have been invaluable throughout the elaboration of this paper.
Special thanks to the MSF members at Paris headquarters (president, directors, members of the operations department) and returning from the field (heads of mission and field coordinators) who were kind enough to give me interviews, to let me attend their meetings, to give me access to their archives, in short to provide the main material for this work.
The case studies rely tremendously on the documents The Hunting and Killing of Rwandan Refugees in Zaire-Congo (L. Binet) and A Critique of MSF-France Operations in Darfur (C. Danet, S. Delaunay, E. Depoortere, F. Weissman).
Caroline Serraf’s contribution to the improvement and finalisation of the English version has been immense.
Thanks to the Crash members in general for their rereading and advice. Last but not least, thanks to Bérengère Cescau for her faithful support.