This is a weekly list of articles, podcasts, videos, blog posts, and other online items that have caught our eye here at Intercross. The list is curated from a humanitarian perspective on armed conflict, so you'll discover links to a variety of things - from articles on international humanitarian law and the use of lethal force, to stories about finding dignity and compassion in the midst of conflict.
A small disclaimer: Just because something is featured here, doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it, and the views expressed on the platforms we're highlighting don't necessarily reflect those of the ICRC.
It's a little bit eclectic and by no means exhaustive, but our hope is that it will open up a window on humanity in war and offer our readers some insight into what we're tracking here in DC.
Here's this week's list:
Lisa Kristine's photo gallery of modern day slavery and human survival is nothing short of heartbreaking. The photo we used for this week's "Top Picks" blog post comes from her gallery, which was featured on TED.
John P. Abizaid, a retired Army general, who was head of US Central Command from 2003 to 2007 and Rosa Brooks, who was counselor to the undersecretary of defense for policy from 2009 to 2011 are the co-chairs of the Stimson Center’s Task Force on U.S. Drone Policy. In a Washington Post op-ed this week, they wrote US should take lead on setting global norms for drone strikes
Here‘s the Al Jazeera coverage.
The vice-president of the ICRC, Christine Beerli, gave a statement on Thursday at the Third Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, in Maputo.
Money, politics, opportunity and fragility
The Fragile States Index was out this week. It strives to put countries into perspective by providing an annual snapshot of their vitality and stability (or lack thereof). In 2013, South Sudan was at the top of the most fragile list and Finland was at the bottom. The US took 159th place.
What Americans think
Foreign Policy takes a look at the Pew Research Center's latest poll on American political groupings, which attempts to sort Americans into categories based on their ideological affinities. Are you a "solid liberal" or a "hard-pressed skeptic"?
#ICYMI An earlier part of the Pew research on the polarization of the US public came out on 12 June showing how increasing ideological uniformity and partisan antipathy affect politics, compromise and everyday life.
World War I
The New York Times has an excellent interactive section on "The Great War" looking at the 100-year-old legacy of World War I. (Don't miss Steven Erlanger's article on "The War to end all wars," which was hardly the case but did change future wars forever, he writes.)
Books and movies
If you're headed to the beach this weekend, War on the Rocks is out with its summer fiction reading list.