Episode #32: Introducing ICRC Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

Episode #32: Introducing ICRC Spokesperson Marc Kilstein

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Head of Communications Anna Nelson sits down with our newest team member, ICRC in Washington's Spokesperson Marc Kilstein. Anna and Marc talk about nerding out over radio, the importance and honor of storytelling, Marc's hopes for his new position and their (not-so-secret) dreams of being poached by This American Life's Ira Glass. Or at the very least, making him a dedicated Intercross the Podcast listener. Hosted by Anna Nelson.

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Episode #31: When War Comes to Cities with Jenny McAvoy and Sahr Muhammedally

Episode #31: When War Comes to Cities with Jenny McAvoy and Sahr Muhammedally

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by Interaction's Director of Protection Jenny McAvoy and Center for Civilians in Conflict's (CIVIC) Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, Sahr Muhammedally. Nearly 50 million civilians are affected by urban warfare, mostly in the countries of Yemen, Syria and Iraq. As warfare moves more and more to populated areas, civilians bear the brunt, facing much greater risks and much higher fatalities rates. What are the challenges of this increasing trend? How can militaries prioritize civilian protection?  What are civilians experiencing in places like West Mosul and Raqqa? And how can the rules of war and the protection of civilians be integrated and respected more broadly in these contexts? Hosted by Trevor Keck.

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Episode #30: Diversity in Delegates: Recruiting within the ICRC with Markus Dolder

Episode #30: Diversity in Delegates: Recruiting within the ICRC with Markus Dolder

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by ICRC's Head of Human Resources Marketing Markus Dolder. In the 1990s, the ICRC's staff was composed of about 80 percent Swiss. Now, that number is closer to 15%. Why has this makeup changed, and how had diversity contributed to furthering our mission? What skills are needed to be a successful delegate? Plus Markus shares the influence of the Iraq war on his career and the joy of bringing great people into an organization he's proud to work for. Hosted by Sara Owens and Niki Clark.

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Episode #29: Hurricane Harvey Updates with American Red Cross's Jenelle El

 Episode #29: Hurricane Harvey Updates with American Red Cross's Jenelle El

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by American Red Cross's Director of International Communications Jenelle Eli. Hurricane Harvey has dumped the equivalent of Lake Michigan on south and central Texas. What is the situation on the ground? How is the American Red Cross responding? What can you do if you find yourself in an emergency situation? And how can you help? Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #28: The Test of Time: Are the 1949 Geneva Conventions Still Relevant?

Episode #28: The Test of Time: Are the 1949 Geneva Conventions Still Relevant?

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we are joined by ICRC Deputy Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison to discuss the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The first Geneva Convention was signed in 1864, the year after the founding of the ICRC, and it was for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field with 57 States Parties.  Most recently, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 were added, in part as a reaction to the tragedies of World War II.  How have the content of the Geneva Conventions changed over time? Every State in the world is party to the Geneva Conventions. What does this say about their significance and importance? And 68 years after the 1949 Conventions, with the nature of conflict radically evolving, are they still relevant and can they still stand the test of time? Hosted by Tracey Begley and Niki Clark.  

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Episode #27: Unpacking Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis with Ret. Ambassador Stephen Seche and Oxfam's Scott Paul

Episode #27: Unpacking Yemen's Humanitarian Crisis with Ret. Ambassador Stephen Seche and Oxfam's Scott Paul

In this episode of Intercross the PodcastICRC Deputy Communications Director Trevor Keck speaks with Stephen A. Seche, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen from 2007 to 2010 and current Executive Vice President at the Arab Gulf States Institute, and Oxfam's senior humanitarian policy advisor, Scott Paul. In this fast paced conversation, our guests discuss the Yemen crisis, the origins of the crisis and current state of play. They also discuss the humanitarian problems, including the cholera epidemic and how the situation got so bad. Finally, they address possible policy solutions and potential steps that parties and the international community can take towards a political settlement and to help better protect civilians. Hosted by Trevor Keck. 

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Episode #26: The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

Episode #26: The Legal Frameworks of Self Defense in Armed Conflict with Erica Gaston

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we speak with Erica Gaston, an international lawyer and project manager at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, to discuss the legal aspects and humanitarian consequences of the use of self-defense in armed conflict. International humanitarian law addresses the rules for soldiers, armies and States, when they conduct offensive attacks, but it does not directly address the rules governing self-defense. So what are the limits on the use of force when individuals and units are defending themselves in combat situations? Hosted by Niki Clark and Andrea Harrison. 

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Episode #25/Survival at Stake: The Crisis in the Lake Chad Region with Patrick Youssef

Episode #25/Survival at Stake: The Crisis in the Lake Chad Region with Patrick Youssef

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Patrick Youssef, ‎the ICRC Deputy Regional Director in Africa. With media attention focused on the famine in Somalia, South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria, Patrick helps us dive deeper into one of the areas of crisis, the Lake Chad region. What's driving the chronic fragility in Lake Chad? How do you rebuild the eroding sense of solidarity in communities? How is ICRC operating in the area? And with such dire headlines dominating, how does one remain hopeful? Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Episode #24: The Future of US Detention with Tracey Begley and Andrea Harrison

Episode #24: The Future of US Detention with Tracey Begley and Andrea Harrison

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we discuss the future of US detention in armed conflict. In May 2016, the ICRC’s Washington delegation, Harvard Law School’s PILAC, and the Naval War College’s Stockton Center held their inaugural joint IHL workshop on the same topic. About 30 experts convened for two days to discuss, debate and explore the issue. An outcomes report was just recently released. Join Tracey Begley and Deputy Legal Advisor Andrea Harrison in a conversation about the main issues that were discussed, which are most hotly contested, where are gaps exist in IHL and what other law we can turn to in times of gaps, the main take-aways from the workshop and why ICRC brings together these groups. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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Episode #23: Firsthand Perspectives of Syria with Pawel Krzsiek

Episode #23: Firsthand Perspectives of Syria with Pawel Krzsiek

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC's Head of Communications in Syria, Pawel Krzsiek. Pawel has been on the frontlines in Syria both leading up to the conflict and again since 2015. What is the latest situation on the ground? The recent ICRC report on Urban Warfare, I Saw My City Die, found that nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, the main focus countries of the report. In light of this, how are the needs and response different in urban contexts? How do civilians determine whether to stay or flee? And how do we work in areas of limited access? Pawel shares some of his harrowing firsthand perspectives of working in cities under siege. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Episode #22: Classifying Conflict with Chris Harland

Episode #22: Classifying Conflict with Chris Harland

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, ICRC in Washington's Legal Advisor discusses the classifications of conflict. How are conflicts classified? What is the impact of classification? Are they binding according to the Geneva Conventions? What's ICRC's role in classification? A great primer conversation. Hosted by Tracey Begley.

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Episode #21/This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 2)

Episode #21/This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 2)

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the third iteration in our new cultural series where we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. In this episode, we sit down with Hirad Abtahi. Since 2004, he has headed the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court and has some twenty years of experience in international criminal justice. In addition, Hirad is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He recently published an article in the Huffington Post called This is not the Jedi Way: Exploring International Humanitarian Law through Star Wars. 

In the second part of the conversation, Hirad discusses the role that culture plays in our perception on war, and how the basic tenets of the rules of war can be find in not just film, but also comic books and television.

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Episode #20/This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 1)

Episode #20/This is not the Jedi Way: IHL and Star Wars with Hirad Abtahi (Part 1)

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the third iteration in our new cultural series where we explore the intersection of conflict and culture. In this episode, we sit down with Hirad Abtahi. Since 2004, he has headed the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court and has some twenty years of experience in international criminal justice. In addition, Hirad is a HUGE Star Wars fan. He recently published an article in the Huffington Post called This is not the Jedi Way: Exploring International Humanitarian Law through Star Wars. 

In the first part of a two part conversation, ICRC resident Star Wars experts Austin Shangraw and Erika Moyer speak with Hirad about what we can learn about the rules of war, and how they could possibly apply in a galaxy far, far away.

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Episode #19: The Changing Context of Operations in Libya with Katja Lorenz

Episode #19: The Changing Context of Operations in Libya with Katja Lorenz

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we talk with the outgoing Head of Delegation for the ICRC in Libya, Katja Lorenz. Katja discusses the continually changing context for operating in Libya, the humanitarian needs on the ground and how the daily lives of Libyans have been impacted since fighting began. Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #18: Diversity, Hope and Challenge on the African Continent with Patricia Danzi

Episode #18: Diversity, Hope and Challenge on the African Continent with Patricia Danzi

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with ICRC's Regional Director for Africa Patricia Danzi. She talks about the challenges of working in a context that many perceive more as a country than a continent, the critical issues not being covered, how to make space for Africa in a crowded humanitarian landscape and the stories of hope and innovation that keep her inspired. Hosted by Niki Clark and Tracey Begley.

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Episode #17: Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

Episode #17: Evidence, Experience & Expertise in Humanitarian Diplomacy with Hugo Slim

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens and Guest Host Trevor Keck sit down with ICRC in Washington's Policy Advisor Marcia Wong and Hugo Slim, Head of Policy. They discuss how humanitarian diplomacy helps catalyze ICRC's policy work, how the organization is using evidence, experience and expertise in moving the needle on policy, and the recent urban warfare report that details what happens when cities fall apart because of conflict. Hosted by Sara Owens.

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Episode #16/Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

Episode #16/Best in the Game: The Dynamic Duo behind ICRC's Wheelchair Basketball in Afghanistan with Jess Markt and Alberto Cairo

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, Sara Owens is joined by two delegates who have paved the way for the ICRC to adopt sport and inclusion as a priority for the physically disabled communities in conflict-affected countries. Alberto Cairo, one of the ICRC’s most revered delegates, has been in Kabul, Afghanistan with the ICRC’s orthopedic and physical rehabilitation program for 27 years. He was recently joined in Kabul by Jess Markt, an avid wheelchair basketball player and coach, where together, they built the ICRC’s first and largest wheelchair basketball program.Hosted by Sara Owens.

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Episode #15/They Have Names: Photographing Refugee Children in Berlin

Episode #15/They Have Names: Photographing Refugee Children in Berlin

With this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we're excited to host the second iteration in our new cultural series where we explore the intersection of conflict and culture.  In this episode, we sit down with Photographer Daniel Sonnentag, Penny Eifrig and her 17 year old daughter Saede. They are the minds behind They Have Namesa social media and photography campaign that began after the Eifregs met Sonnentag in a refugee camp in Berlin where they all volunteer. An exhibit of the same name is currently running at Gallery Al-Quds in Washington, D.C. until May 31st.

In the debate around migration and flight, people usually talk about the abstract term "refugees." In this conversation we talk about the individual stories of some of the people our guests have met in Berlin, how volunteering and working with refugees has changed previously held perceptions and prejudices and why photography can help us see 'others' as 'us.'  Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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Episode #14: Celebrating World Red Cross Day with Lynn Levine, May 9, 2017

Episode #14: Celebrating World Red Cross Day with Lynn Levine, May 9, 2017

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Lynn Levine, Director of Communications for the American Red Cross in Boston. With the launch of the ICRC Collaborative Platform happening on what would had been Red Cross founder Henry Dunant's 189th birthday, we took the opportunity to have a conversation about what it means to be a Red Crosser, Lynn's path to the Red Cross, the Boston chapter's role in reconnecting families around the world and some of the stories that as a communicator with one of the largest humanitarian networks in the world she holds most dear.  Hosted by Niki Clark.

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Episode #13: Colombia after Conflict with Christoph Harnisch, May 2, 2017

Episode #13: Colombia after Conflict with Christoph Harnisch, May 2, 2017

In this episode of Intercross the Podcast, we sit down with Christoph Harnisch, head of delegation in Bogota, Colombia. With more than 30 years working for the ICRC, Harnisch brings a rich and storied perspective of complex and protracted conflicts. We discuss how reaching a peace deal is really just the first step for the country, the ICRC's role in negotiations, the challenges Colombians still face, and the single most important experience that has impacted him as a humanitarian. Hosted by Niki Clark and Sara Owens.

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