Redefining humanitarianism: a video interview with ICRC President, Peter Maurer

During a January 2015 visit, Mr. Maurer (pictured wearing an ICRC badge) said he heard "heartbreaking stories" from people displaced by fighting in Iraq. Copyright: ICRC / S. Dabbakeh

During a January 2015 visit, Mr. Maurer (pictured wearing an ICRC badge) said he heard "heartbreaking stories" from people displaced by fighting in Iraq. Copyright: ICRC / S. Dabbakeh

The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, was in Washington DC recently for talks with officials on a range of topics, including the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, theunfolding crisis in Yemen, and the ICRC’s ongoing humanitarian concerns in places like Syria, Iraq,UkraineSouth Sudan, andNigeria. During his visit, Mr. Maurer sat down with Intercross to talk about his biggest humanitarian concerns and his views on modern-day humanitarianism, which he says requires redefinition in light of the immediate and long-term challenges resulting from contemporary armed conflicts and violence.