Professor Morten Rostrup, former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (2001-2004), have worked in humanitarian missions for MSF for more than 20 years, amongst others to Angola, Iraq, Libya, the DRC, Syria, Haiti and most recently with the Rohingya people displaced from Myanmar. Morten has considerable experience in the interplay between the media and humanitarian crises. He has recently published his second book of his accounts, and is currently serving as senior physician to the Department of Acute Medicine, Division of Medicine, Ullevaal University Hospital, Oslo, Norway, and is professor at the department of Behavioural Sciences in Medicine at the University of Oslo.
After several decades of western triumphalism based on the faith in unstoppable globalisation, liberalism and universal values, are we now seeing the return of nationalism and thereby an increase in ethnic conflicts? Is there a link to fake news, pseudo-scientific racism and conspiracy theories, and what role is there for honest eyewitness accounts of events in this social-media based world? Is the humanitarianism that Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) advocates incompatible with increased nationalism?