Perspectives on the ICRC: John Bellinger's take

The latest edition of the International Review of the Red Cross - a quarterly academic journal the ICRC publishes with Cambridge University Press - explores the ICRC’s diverse 150-year-old past, as well as future challenges for humanitarian action. (The ICRC turned 150 in February 2013, and in August 2014 we will mark the 150th anniversary of the adoption of the First Geneva Convention on the protection of the sick and wounded.)

In this special anniversary edition of the Review, several well-known individuals, including United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, and European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, offer their perspectives on the evolution of the ICRC and our role in a changing humanitarian landscape.

The US State Department’s Former Legal Adviser, John Bellinger, who served under Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice from 2005 to 2009, and who was the Senior Associate Counsel to the President and Legal Adviser to the National Security Council at the White House from 2001 to 2005, writes about his interaction with the ICRC during the years following the September 11 attacks. Mr. Bellinger is currently a Partner at the law firm of Arnold & Porter here in Washington DC.

Download the PDF of his article by clicking here.

In the coming weeks, we’ll feature more of the Review’s opinion pieces, which were rolled-out gradually in 2013, and can now be found in their entirety on the Review’s website and in the printed edition of the journal, which was published in early 2014.