Questioning Neutrality of the International Committee of the Red Cross

Nanna Jo Poulsen, Ida Guldmann Banke, Anne Nielsen, Louise Andersen & Elizabeth Toft Kristjansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The aim of this study is to examine which challenges the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) faces in contemporary conflicts in order to provide neutral emergency relief. This is done by identifying four key problems, which all represents different issues, when trying to act neutral in a conflict. The key problems are founded in theoretical perspectives and illustrated through empirical examples in conflicts from four different countries. The analysis is structured according to the four key problems, and the aim of the analysis is to identify how neutrality is being challenged within ICRC’s humanitarian space. The study presents neutrality as a dynamic concept in constant progression, which will elaborate in a discussion. Thus the study does not pursuit a definite answer on whether neutrality is possible or not, as it is bound to its contexts. This approach is reflected in our choice of theories, as they all write within the field of construc-tivism. The main conclusion in the project is that ICRC’s ability to act neutral within their humanitarian space in contemporary conflicts is challenged due to several identified factors. How to accommodate these challenges will be according to the specific context and conflict, in which ICRC is working.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato11 jun. 2014
VejledereJacob Rasmussen


  • International Society
  • Neo-humanitarianism
  • Humanitarianism
  • Blurred Lines
  • Neutrality
  • ICRC