Intercross the Podcast: Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #26 The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we speak with Erica Gaston, an international lawyer and project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, to discuss the legal aspects and humanitarian consequences of the use of self-defense in armed conflict. International humanitarian law addresses the rules for soldiers, armies and States, when they conduct offensive attacks, but it does not directly address the rules governing self-defense. So what are the limits on the use of force when individuals and units are defending themselves in combat situations? Hosted by Niki Clark and Andrea Harrison. 

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ICRC President Peter Maurer Speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Yemen Crisis

ICRC President Peter Maurer Speaks to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Yemen Crisis

ICRC President Peter Maurer spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour live from Yemen on the devastation he's seeing firsthand. He arrived in country on Sunday in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak. ICRC experts expect that more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera before the end of 2017. Watch the full interview here. 

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News Release: ICRC President Visits Yemen; 600,000 Cholera Cases Expected by End of 2017

News Release: ICRC President Visits Yemen; 600,000 Cholera Cases Expected by End of 2017

ICRC President Peter Maurer arrived in Yemen this morning in the midst of what is being called world's worst largest cholera outbreak. ICRC experts expect that more than 600,000 people--one in every 45 Yemenis--will have cholera before the end of 2017. Read the full release here

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Venezuela Friday July 21, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Violence in Venezuela Friday July 21, 2017

For more than two years, Venezuela has struggled with shortages in food, medicine and basic services, and in recent months, growing violence and daily protests as a result of economic collapse. The country—previously one of the America’s wealthiest nations because of a rich supply of oil—has seen its economy drop by nearly 40% since 2006. NPR's Planet Money calls the disaster, caused by government decisions and triggered by a drop in oil prices, an "economic horror story." In addition, increased violence—fueled by President Nicolás Maduro call for a July 30 vote to bypass the National Assembly and elect a Constituent Assembly to rewrite the constitution, further consolidating his party’s power—threatens to move the country into even deeper crisis. Read about the ICRC’s work in Venezuela here.  In this week’s roundup, we take a look the growing violence and crisis in Venezuela, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

The Human Toll of Yemen's Unending War (Foreign Policy Magazine )

Foreign Policy Magazine featured an article written by Alexandre Faite, ICRC's head of delegation in Sanaa, Yemen. The piece is accompanied by haunting images by ICRC's Ralph El Hage and reflects the utter chaos that the health care infrastructure and system have become after two years of urban conflict. 

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Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities Highlight

Mélange du Mercredi: War in Cities Highlight

Welcome to Mélange du Mercredi (Wednesday Mix). Each week, we highlight one of the latest and greatest in reading, film and other scholarly resources, focusing on a variety of issues pertaining to international humanitarian law. This week, the ICRC's latest Highlight focused on War in Cities. As always, if you have suggestions, or would like to submit a post on something you feel our readers will also enjoy, we're happy to include them. Just email Editor Niki Clark

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ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

ICRC's Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart Testifies in Front of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Four Famines

On July 18th, the ICRC’s Director of Operations Dominik Stillhart  testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Multilateral International Development, Multilateral Institutions, and International Economic, Energy, and Environmental Policy. You can watch the full hearing here.  The hearing, presided by Senator Todd Young (R-IN), focused on what has been termed the Four Famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria. Dominik's Full Testimony is available here

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Intercross the Podcast/Episode #25 Survival at Stake: The Crisis in the Lake Chad Region with Patrick Youssef

Intercross the Podcast/Episode #25 Survival at Stake: The Crisis in the Lake Chad Region with Patrick Youssef

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Patrick Youssef, ‎the ICRC Deputy Regional Director in Africa. With media attention focused on the famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria, Patrick helps us dive deeper into one of the areas of crisis, the Lake Chad region. What's driving the chronic fragility in Lake Chad? How do you rebuild the eroding sense of solidarity in communities? How is ICRC operating in the area? And with such dire headlines dominating, how does one remain hopeful? Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Yemen’s Cholera Crisis ‘Spiraling out of Control’ July 14, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Yemen’s Cholera Crisis ‘Spiraling out of Control’ July 14, 2017

 Yemen has reached a new horrifying milestone—more than 300,00 suspected cholera cases in country. In this week's #ICYMI, we take a look at the spiraling cholera epidemic in Yemen, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Intercross the Podcast: Episode #24 The Future of US Detention with Tracey Begley and Andrea Harrison

Intercross the Podcast: Episode #24 The Future of US Detention with Tracey Begley and Andrea Harrison

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we discuss the future of US detention in armed conflict. In May 2016, the ICRC’s Washington delegation, Harvard Law School’s PILAC, and the Naval War College’s Stockton Center held their inaugural joint IHL workshop on the same topic. About 30 experts convened for two days to discuss, debate and explore the issue. An outcomes report was just recently released. Join Tracey Begley and Deputy Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison in a conversation about the main issues that were discussed, which are most hotly contested, where are gaps exist in IHL and what other law we can turn to in times of gaps, the main take-aways from the workshop and why ICRC brings together these groups. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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The Future of US Detention in Armed Conflict

The Future of US Detention in Armed Conflict

In May 2016, the ICRC’s Washington delegation, Harvard Law School’s PILAC, and the Naval War College’s Stockton Center held their inaugural joint International Humanitarian Law (IHL) workshop on a pressing issue: the future of US detention in armed conflict. About 30 experts, including practitioners and academics from the US and abroad, gathered for two days to discuss, debate and explore the legal intricacies surrounding the detention of foreign nationals during an armed conflict. Read the summary here.

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In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

In Conversation with ICRC in Washington's Outgoing Head of Delegation Francois Stamm

After nearly five years heading the Regional Delegation for the U.S. & Canada here in Washington, D.C., Francois Stamm's tenure is coming to an end.  Beginning in late August, he will move on to head the delegation for South Sudan, based in Juba. Before his departure at the end of next week, we sat down with Francois to gain his perspective and insights on both his time in Washington and his nearly three decade career with the ICRC.

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A War on Words: Is Journalism Disappearing from Conflict Zones?

A War on Words: Is Journalism Disappearing from Conflict Zones?

Because of an increase in security issues and targeted attacks, journalists have been disappearing from conflict zones. How does this impact the news we receive from war zones? Recently the ICRC and the Australian Red Cross held a panel event, War on Words: Is Journalism Disappearing from Conflict Zones. ICRC director-general Yves Daccord was joined by two of Australia's most well regarded foreign correspondents, Helen Vatsikopoulos, journalist and academic at the University of Technology Sydney, and Peter Cave, retired war correspondent and foreign editor of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Dr Caroline Fisher, Assistant Professor in Journalism at the University of Canberra moderated the panel. Read more about the discussion and highlights of the panel here

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Six Years of Independence in South Sudan July 7, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: Six Years of Independence in South Sudan July 7, 2017

This Sunday, South Sudan will mark six years as an independent country, the world’s youngest. But the ongoing civil war in the country means that no one will be celebrating; because of fighting the the government has canceled its Independence Day anniversary for the second straight year. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at South Sudan, six years after independence, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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Summer Vibes 2017: What to Read, Watch & Listen To

Summer Vibes 2017: What to Read, Watch & Listen To

As apparent by the rising temperatures, summer is now in full swing here in Washington. Which means it’s the perfect time to relax with a good book that has been waiting patiently on the shelf or to catch up on some good music or podcasts. Have the time but need some inspiration for what to dig into? Find out what some our colleagues here at the ICRC in Washington are diving into in our annual Summer List. (Program Liaison Rachael Dollar even created a special Summer Vibes music playlist just for you!) You'll also find a list of recommendations by others, including NPR Music's Songs of the Summer, Foreign Policy's The Bookshelf, Podcast suggestions, and Bill Gates. Enjoy!

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ICRC's Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo Featured on NPR's Goats and Soda Blog

ICRC's Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo Featured on NPR's Goats and Soda Blog

In May, Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo visited NPR headquarters following the launch of the Swissnex Collaborative Platform in Boston to speak with reporter Malaka Gharib about working with people with disabilities in Afghanistan, the transformational power of sport and the thrill of a high-five. Read the full interview here

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Power Outage in the Gaza Strip

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Power Outage in the Gaza Strip

Since Gaza’s only power plant shut down in April of this year, electricity has become a luxury item to the nearly two million people living there. Available for only about 4 hours a day, a recent agreement between the Palestinian Authority and Israel just reduced Gaza's electricity by another 40 percent. Since the plant shut down in April when fuel ran out, Gaza has relied on feeder strips from Egypt and Israel. In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the power outage in Gaza, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.

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ICRC Maintains Field Presence, Local Engagement Despite Insecurity in Conflict Situations

ICRC Maintains Field Presence, Local Engagement Despite Insecurity in Conflict Situations

A recent article in the Guardian highlighted findings from Presence and Proximity: To Stay and Deliver, Five Years On, a follow up study to OCHA's 2011  To Stay and Deliver. The former study collected and documented humanitarian organizations’ good practices in deploying and delivering relief in highly insecure environments. Presence and Proximity, which is based on interviews with 2,000 humanitarian workers showed that aid agencies often relied on local groups to carry out work in conflicts zones, distancing their own staff from the dangers on the ground. The study found the majority of humanitarian agencies evacuated when violence erupted and if they returned when the situation stabilized, many agencies then focused their aid efforts on more stable areas. However the report did acknowledge that certain organizations, including the ICRC and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have maintained a major field presence regardless of insecurity through consistent engagement at a local level.

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International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers on Protracted Armed Conflict

International Review of the Red Cross: Call for Papers on Protracted Armed Conflict

Protracted armed conflicts are characterized by their longevity, intractability and mutability. This is not a new phenomenon, but some particular trends seen in today's protracted conflicts, such as emerging technologies, pervasive media coverage, and so on, are specific to our times. The International Review is now seeking papers on the topic of protracted conflicts. The deadline for submissions is November 31, 2017.  

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