Humanitarian Affairs: David Forsythe's Contribution to the Study of the International Committee of the Red Cross and Humanitarian Politics
8 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 9 Aug 2011
Date Written: 2011
When Forsythe began writing about the International Committee of the Red Cross in the 1970s the ICRC was mainly studied by historians and legal scholars interested the Geneva Conventions. His scholarship broke new ground in understanding humanitarian politics and the policy making process at the ICRC. This research included archival work, accompanying delegates in the field and he was a part of the research team that produced the vital Tansley Report. His over 20 books and articles on the ICRC and humanitarian protection have helped us to understand not only the evolution of the ICRC over the last 60 years but also the impact of humanitarian organizations in International Relations.
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