Intercross the Podcast Episode #46 Missing Maps: Information as Aid with Matt Gibb

Intercross the Podcast Episode #46 Missing Maps: Information as Aid with Matt Gibb

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Matthew Gibb, GIS Officer at the American Red Cross. Each year, disasters around the world devastate millions of people. But many communities are missing from the maps that responders use to deliver lifesaving aid. In our conversation, we talk about how the American Red Cross and partner organizations are using the power of crowd-sourcing and remote volunteers to put millions of people from high-risk countries on the map since 2014.  Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #45 The Rules of War and Video Games Part 3

Intercross the Podcast Episode #45 The Rules of War and Video Games Part 3

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, the last of a three part conversation in our cultural series, we are joined Christian Rouffaer, ICRC's head of virtual reality unit based in Bangkok.  We chat about his role, why ICRC has decided to invest in virtual reality and how the organization is harnessing the power of video games to reach audiences in new and creative ways. We also talk about how VR technology works in the humanitarian space and how his time in contexts like Afghanistan, Yemen and South Sudan have shaped and colored his current work. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Just out! New International Review issue on Human Cost of Detention

 Just out! New International Review issue on Human Cost of Detention

The latest edition of International Review of the Red Cross has been released—Detention: Addressing the human cost.This edition of the International Review of the Red Cross focuses on treatment and conditions in prisons and other places of detention, both in situations of armed conflict and in peacetime. We chose to address this topic in order to highlight the importance of treating detainees with human dignity under all circumstances.Deprivation of liberty carries with it human, social and financial costs that are born by detainees, their families, the detaining authorities and society as a whole. Despite these costs, societies often do not invest in improving prison systems or the infrastructure on which the human dignity of detainees depends.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

Intercross the Podcast Episode #44 Innovating Integration: Sport, Diversity & Inclusion as Part of the Humanitarian Approach with Jess Markt

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC’s Jess Markt, an American who coaches wheelchair basketball in war zones. At age 19, he suffered a spinal cord injury in college. Twenty one years later, he is bringing his experience and story to help others as ICRC’s first-ever Disability, Sport and Inclusion Advisor. In this conversation, we discuss his personal triumph over adversity  and how he brings that experience to the disabled in some of the world’s most dangerous contexts. From Afghanistan to South Sudan and Cambodia, Jess is using sport to help the disabled see themselves in a different light, and witnessing some radical societal transformations along the way. We talk about diversity, what that term really means, and how he’s using his role at ICRC to change the way that people, and humanitarian organizations, think about what it means to fully integrate diversity into their work. Hosted by Anna Nelson and Sara Owens.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #43 From Marine to Humanitarian: A Conversation with ICRC Legal Advisor Ian Brasure

Intercross the Podcast Episode #43 From Marine to Humanitarian: A Conversation with ICRC Legal Advisor Ian Brasure

After thirty years in the US Marine Corps, including serving as Deputy Legal Advisor at the White House within the National Security Council, Ian Brasure recently joined the ICRC Delegation in Washington as the Deputy Legal Advisor. In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Ian discusses his long--and inevitable--journey to the ICRC and his storied time in the military, including embracing the uncertainty following 9/11. We also chat about working under then-General James Mattis (now of course, the US Secretary of Defense), how the NSC has impacted his insights into his current role, and his constant companion through conflict (a dogeared copy of the Geneva Conventions). Hosted by Niki Clark and Anna Nelson.

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The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

 The Independent Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission: Has the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Awoken?

In 2015, the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (the Commission) received a great deal of attention after Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) called for an independent investigation following the destruction of its trauma centre in Kunduz by U.S. airstrikes. The BBC and The New York Times mentioned the possibility of an enquiry by the Commission. In a blog post at the time, Catherine Harwood wondered whether the ‘Sleeping Beauty’—an expression first coined by Professor Frits Kalshoven to describe Commission’s lack of activity since its creation—would awake soon.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #42: The Rules of War and Video Games Part 2

Intercross the Podcast Episode #42: The Rules of War and Video Games Part 2

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, the second of a three part conversation in our cultural series, we are joined again by Wes Rist, Deputy Executive Director of the American Society of International Law and Joe Gibson, Program Officer for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. This time, we discuss how the influence of video games. Nearly 2/3rds of American households have video game consoles, meaning audiences are being exposed to games in much greater concentration and in increasingly different ways. How does that translate to shaping public perceptions? We also chat about how video games are being utilized in humanitarian partnerships, military trainings and more. You can check out our first conversation here. Next week, we’ll be joined by Christian Rouffaer, the head of the ICRC's Virtual Reality unit based in Bangkok to discuss how ICRC is harnessing the power of video games to reach audiences in new and creative ways. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #41: The Rules of War and Video Games

Intercross the Podcast Episode #41: The Rules of War and Video Games

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, our first of 2018, we are excited to add another iteration to our cultural series, where we explore the intersection of culture and conflict. In this episode, the first of a three part series, we sit down with Wes Rist, Deputy Executive Director of the American Society of International Law and Joe Gibson, Program Officer for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. Since 2012, ICRC has worked closely with the game developer Bohemia Interactive, who produces the award-winning Arma series of video games, to explore new ways to spread messages about international humanitarian law. In this first conversation, we talk about how a public relations hiccup resulted in a dynamic partnership and opportunity to talk about the rules of war to completely new audiences. We also discuss how including more realistic portrayals of armed conflict in video games can contribute to the user experience without taking away any of the fun. In the second episode, we are joined again by Wes and Joe to discuss how video games shape public perceptions and in the third episode, the head of the ICRC's Virtual Reality unit based in Bangkok will discuss how ICRC is harnessing the power of video games to reach audiences in new and creative ways. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers for 150th Anniversary Edition

International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers for 150th Anniversary Edition

n 2019, the Review will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the journal will publish a special edition exploring how the journal reflects the evolution of warfare and humanitarian action over the past century and a half. Authors are invited to send submissions to the Review's editorial team, preferably in the form of a Word document, at review@icrc.org. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018. Additional guidelines for authors available here.

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Ten Photos that Moved Us in 2017

Ten Photos that Moved Us in 2017

In more than 80 countries, ICRC works in some of the most remote and war-torn countries in the world, working to help the most vulnerable populations affected by conflict. Our colleagues over in Geneva put together a beautiful and heartbreaking photo gallery from some of the contexts in which we work. From Afghanistan and Niger to Honduras and Myanmar, check out ICRC.org for the ten photos that moved us in 2017. 

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Best of Intercross the Podcast 2017: The Top Ten

Best of Intercross the Podcast 2017: The Top Ten

Since our launch in February, Intercross the Podcast has released 40 episodes---that's more than 60 guests talking nearly 20 hours about issues ranging from cholera and policy in Yemen to how Star Wars holds up to the rules of war. In that time, you've listened nearly 9,800 times. For that, and your incredible support this first year, we thank you. As a sign of our gratitude, we've put together a new playlist, The Best of Intercross 2017. Here are the top ten episodes you couldn't stop listening to. 

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Best of Intercross 2017

Best of Intercross 2017

As we approach the end of 2017, we look back on a year that saw the largest cholera outbreak in recent history, continued crisis around migration, protracted conflict and famine. This year, Intercross celebrated its 6th birthday, we launched Intercross the Podcast and shared nearly 200 pieces of content. We have lots of new and exciting things planned for 2018, but in the meantime, let's take a look back on our most popular blog content from 2017. 

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A Story of Love: The Story of the ICRC

A Story of Love: The Story of the ICRC

Amidst some of the harshest conflicts on earth, we assist with the basics of life: food, water and shelter.  Often first on the ground and the last to leave,  neutral, impartial and independent, we are the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

Check out the latest video from the ICRC. And find out more about our work here

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The ICRC is Hiring a Country Manager, Resource Mobilization Division

The ICRC is Hiring a Country Manager, Resource Mobilization Division

The ICRC in Washington is hiring a Country Manager for the Resource Mobilization Division. Must have a Master Degree or similar, with proven institutional grant fundraising experience within the US Government and a thorough knowledge/experience of ICRC and/or wider RC/RC Movement. Please note: Motivation letters and resumes should be sent to lmacabrey@icrc.org. The closing date for applications is January 19, 2018.

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What to Read, Watch and Listen to Right Now (Winter 2017/18 Edition)

What to Read, Watch and Listen to Right Now (Winter 2017/18 Edition)

As we approach the end of the year, and a holiday break for many, we leave you with a few recommendations of things that ICRC staff in DC have enjoyed reading, watching, or listening to over the past year. At the bottom you will also find my own thoughts, plus a compilation of favorite links to recommendations by others, including NPR’s book concierge, the best TED Talks of 2017, Podcast suggestions, Bill Gates and more. Enjoy!

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Intercross the Podcast Episode #40: Armed Forces & Armed Groups/How the Red Cross Works Around the World

Intercross the Podcast Episode #40: Armed Forces & Armed Groups/How the Red Cross Works Around the World

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by Martin Lacourt, ICRC in Washington’s Senior Armed Forces Delegate, and Koby Langley, Senior Vice President, Service to the Armed Forces and International Humanitarian Law for the American Red Cross. They discuss the work the Red Cross—both ICRC and National societies—does with military both domestically and globally. The American Red Cross has served more than 1 million military families since 9/11 including members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. ICRC works to bridge the cultural divide between arms bearers and humanitarians through trainings and IHL dissemination. What are the different ways ICRC and national societies approach this work? What are the challenges of engaging with these audiences? How does neutrality play a role? And has the evolving technology of warfare changed the way the Red Cross works and the needs we serve? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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