Bernard Kouchner

French Politician

Bernard Kouchner is a French socialist politician, activist, diplomat, and doctor. He is co-founder of the Nobel prize-winning Doctors Without Borders and has held ministerial positions with different French governments

From 1999 to early 2001, he was the special representative of the secretary-general and the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo.

Kouchner is the author of several books and co-founder of two news magazines. He is the recipient of several human rights awards including the Dag Hammarskjold Prize and the Prix Europa.

Featured Work

SEP 22, 2004 Article

Morgenthau Lectures (1981–2006): The Changing Role of Humanitarianism: A Study Guide to the Work of Bernard Kouchner

A study guide to the work of Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Medécins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, including an excerpt ...

The Future of Humanitarianism

MAR 2, 2004 Transcript

The Future of Humanitarianism

Kouchner argues that the globalization of compassion and human rights is a sign of substantial moral progress that can count some successes--most notably, in Kosovo ...