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Michaël Neuman

Director of studies at Crash / Médecins sans Frontières, Michaël Neuman graduated in Contemporary History and International Relations (University Paris-I). He joined Médecins sans Frontières in 1999 and has worked both on the ground (Balkans, Sudan, Caucasus, West Africa) and in headquarters (New York, Paris as deputy director responsible for programmes). He has also carried out research on issues of immigration and geopolitics. He is co-editor of "Humanitarian negotiations Revealed, the MSF experience" (London: Hurst and Co, 2011). He is also the co-editor of "Saving lives and staying alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" (London: Hurst and Co, 2016).

Fabrice Weissman

Graduated from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Fabrice Weissman joined MSF in 1995. He spent several years as logistician and head of mission in Sub-Saharian Africa (Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, etc.), Kosovo, Sri Lanka and more recently Syria. He has published several articles and books on humanitarian action, including "In the Shadow of Just Wars. Violence, Politics and Humanitarian Action" (ed., London, Hurst & Co., 2004), "Humanitarian Negotiations Revealed. The MSF Experience" (ed., Oxford University Press, 2011) and "Saving Lives and Staying Alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" (ed., London, Hurst & Co, 2016).


This book is a collective effort.

Members of the CRASH Scientific Committee Marc Le Pape, Bertrand Taithe and Claudine Vidal and our colleagues Jean-Hervé Bradol, Rony Brauman and Judith Soussan from CRASH have all made invaluable contributions to this project.

In various ways, and in different capacities, many friends and colleagues have provided valuable assistance with re-reading the different chapters and contributing their questions and comments. We would like to thank academics Christine Fassert and Renée Zauberman who took the time to discuss our initial research and answer our questions. We owe particular thanks to Benoît Leduc who, as the first “security focal point” and then deputy executive director of MSF’s French section, has supported our endeavour and largely contributed to its realisation. We are also grateful to Sarah Imani who generously designed the maps that accompany some of the chapters of the book.

Caroline Serraf organised the translations, which were proofread and edited with virtuosity by Ros Smith-Thomas. This book would not have been possible without the enthusiastic collaboration of Médecins Sans Frontières’ coordinators in the field and at headquarters.

All are warmly thanked.

Michael Neuman and Fabrice Weissman

Paris, October 2015