ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

ICRC and Vox Media's Explainer Studio Team Up to Unpack the Paradox of the Future Battlefield

The world is in a new arms race.

In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic rise of lethal autonomous weapons due to new developments in technology, computing, and military operational demands. Because autonomous weapons systems are already in use today, the ultimate question about their capabilities is not a technical one, rather legal and ethical one.

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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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Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

Mélange du Mercredi: Autonomous Weapon Systems and Ethics

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. Recently ICRC's Humanitarian Law & Policy Blog begin a mini-series on autonomous weapon systems and ethics. In August of 2017, the ICRC convened a small group of independent experts to discuss this subject. Held under the Chatham House Rule, the aim of the discussion was to take stock of the main ethical issues raised by autonomous weapon systems and to consider the ethical underpinnings of any requirement for human control over weapon systems and the use of force in armed conflict. A blog series will follow, the intro is here. 

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Guest Blogger, Michael Schmitt, delves into the applicability of IHL in cyber space

Guest Blogger, Michael Schmitt, delves into the applicability of IHL in cyber space

Ahead of the ICRC's "Internet in bello" debate in Geneva on Thurday and in response to our recent and wide-ranging interview with top US cyber expert, Peter W. Singer, Intercross invited Prof. Michael N. Schmitt, to weigh in on some of the thorny legal questions surrounding cyber warfare. For example, does a cyber exchange alone qualify as an armed conflict? Or, when is a forceful response to a cyber operation justified?

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What everyone needs to know about cyber warfare

What everyone needs to know about cyber warfare

On May 22, as part of its new Research and Debate Cycle, the ICRC will host an event on cyber warfare at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. During the debate, which is entitled, "Internet in Bello: IHL and Cyber Operations" experts will examine the applicability and application of the rules of war on the conduct of hostilities during cyber ops. In addition, they'll talk about some of the actual dangers posed by cyber warfare to civilians.

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IHL And New Technologies, Part II - Eric Jensen responds

 IHL And New Technologies, Part II - Eric Jensen responds

The ICRC has continuously taken the lead in helping States consider the implications of modern weapons and tactics on the law of armed conflict (LOAC).  From its inception, the ICRC has focused States on the need to make and apply rules that regulate armed conflict and decrease its impact on both combatants and civilians. 

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IHL Challenges Series - IHL And New Technologies, Part I

IHL Challenges Series - IHL And New Technologies, Part I

To start things off, an interview with ICRC legal adviser Cordula Droege, in which she explains the our efforts to reassert the applicability of the existing rules of IHL to emerging technologies of warfare, including remote-controlled weapons such as drones, and cyber technology. 

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