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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There has been much talk recently about establishing “safe zones” in Syria. This debate is not new. In recent decades, concerned states have created a variety of “zones” to shelter civilians as well as the sick and wounded. Some of zones have been successful in saving thousands of people that might have otherwise been killed. Still, many other interventions have been far less successful in improving the situation for civilians at grave risk. Deputy Head of Communications Trevor Keck discusses what you need to know about safe zones.
This fall, three blogs - Intercross, EJIL:Talk!, and Lawfare - hosted a joint blog symposium on International Law and Armed Conflict. The series featured posts by some of the participants at the Fifth Annual Transatlantic Workshop on International Law and Armed Conflict, which was held at the European University Institute in Florence in late July. As per previous years, the workshop brought together a group of academic, military, and governmental experts from both sides of the Atlantic. The roundtable, held under the Chatham House Rule, was held over two days and examined contemporary questions of international law relating to military operations. The workshop had a particular emphasis on issues arising from the ICRC’s updated commentaries to the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
In this edition of our “In Conversation” video series, Intercross Editor Niki Clark speaks with Jess Markt, ICRC's Sport and Inclusion Advisor. Injured following a spinal cord accident at age 19, Markt teamed up with the ICRC in 2011 to bring one of America's best loved-sports, basketball, to wheelchair-bound men and women in Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, South Sudan and elsewhere. In the process, these players, whose once primary identity was 'disabled', now see themselves as 'athletes' first. In this interview, Markt talks about his new position, the role sport plays in helping the disabled recover both physically and emotionally and how sport is bringing joy to countries like Afghanistan after decades of conflict.
“I Saw My City Die,” a report released in June, captured the experience of civilians living in cities impacted by devastating urban wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen. The report included testimony from civilians in Mosul, Taiz and Aleppo – three cities that have been subject to intense fighting – as well as some powerful statistics that illustrate the deadly nature of urban war in the Middle East. Through some analysis of statistics, the report clearly shows that modern urban wars can be far more deadly for civilians than when wars take place in more rural areas. ICRC's Trevor Keck writes what you need to know about urban warfare.
On March 22, The International Committee of the Red Cross Director-General Yves Daccord testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the global state of humanitarian affairs titled “Flashing Red: The State of Global Humanitarian Affairs.” He was joined by two other witnesses, Mr. Gregory C. Gottlieb, the Acting Assistant Administrator, Bureau Of Democracy, Conflict, And Humanitarian Assistance at the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Honorable Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace (USIP).