Brian Phillips

When Neutrality Becomes a Cause for Scandal

Dunant’s Dream: War, Switzerland and the History of the Red Cross


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Fort anyone who has ever worked for an international humanitarian, human rights or development organisation, Caroline Moorehead’s engrossing history of the Red Cross describes familiar problems: the internal political wrangling; the clash of strong-willed personalities; the tensions between international headquarters and local branches; the perpetual disagreements over strategy and message. All these appeared during the Red Cross’s first half-century after the drafting of the initial Geneva Convention of 1864.

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