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Entangled GeographiesEmpire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War$
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Gabrielle Hecht

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262515788

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.001.0001

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Cleaning Up the Cold War: Global Humanitarianism and the Infrastructure of Crisis Response

Cleaning Up the Cold War: Global Humanitarianism and the Infrastructure of Crisis Response

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(p.267) 11 Cleaning Up the Cold War: Global Humanitarianism and the Infrastructure of Crisis Response
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Entangled Geographies
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Peter Redfield

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.003.0011

The two World Wars and the Cold War resulted in mass destruction across the globe and subsequent episodes of humanitarian crisis. This chapter explores the growth of the infrastructure to respond to humanitarian crisis following the the Wars and the Cold War. It examines the role of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) or “Doctors without Borders,” formed in 1971 in Paris, to provide rapid emergency response in human tragedy by way of mobile medical supplies and hospital care and the technopolitics of emergency. MSF has helped thousands of wounded victims in Bangladesh and Cambodia. They provide excellent healthcare and emergency care all over the world, which constitutes an effort to clean up the grim aftermath of the Cold War.

Keywords:   World Wars, Cold War, humanitarian crisis, Médecins Sans Frontières, mobile medical supplies, Bangladesh, Cambodia

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