Welcome to my last Freshman Monroe post! For the last few weeks, I have been looking to see if the presence of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in conflict zones has an effect on the formation of lasting peace. After reading several books and articles (my findings from each can be found here and here), I decided that I would be able to produce more thorough results if I made the project a case study.
Since my previous post, I have been reading a variety of resources about Médecins Sans Frontières. I started with the book Evaluating Peace Operations by Paul F. Diehl and Daniel Druckman. Next I watched the MSF documentary Living in Emergency. I continued with the book Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders by Dan Bortolotti. To round out the week and weekend, I have been reading through the MSF, MSF-United States, and United Nations websites. Of particular interest have been the MSF International Activity Reports which include information for each country that the organization had a presence in over the calendar year.
I expected to complete my two week project investigating Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in June, but I could not give up the opportunity to stay at William and Mary when I was given the opportunity to do ten weeks of research in my year-round Biology collaboration lab.
“[A]ll people have the right to medical care regardless of gender, race, religion, creed, or political affiliation, and […] the needs of these people outweigh respect for nations.” -Médecins Sans Frontières mission statement