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Protracted Conflict

Webinar launching the Protracted Conflict edition of the International Review of the Red Cross

What is the enduring legacy of endless war?

The average time that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been present in its 10 largest operations is 42 years. The duration of humanitarian operations in protracted conflict settings has prompted organisations like the ICRC to re-think their way of working. The humanitarian consequences of protracted situations of armed conflict are varied, including the cumulative effects of hostilities on infrastructure and healthcare systems, prolonged displacement, increased barriers to accessing essential services to provide support for vulnerable groups including persons with disabilities, and interruptions to education to name just a few. In light of the humanitarian imperative to respond to these needs in spite of the challenges of a seemingly endless war, the International Review of the Red Cross has dedicated a recent edition to protracted conflict.

The Australian Red Cross and the ICRC presented this Protracted Conflict edition of the Review in a free public webinar on 14 April 2020.

View the recording of the webinar feature a panel of eminent Australian-based and international speakers:

  • Ellen Policinski, former Managing Editor of the International Review of the Red Cross
  • Filipa Schmitz Guinote, Policy Adviser, in the Humanitarian Diplomacy Division at the International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Hichem Khadhroui, Director of Operations at Geneva Call
  • Sebastian Machado, PhD and former Senior Adviser to the Attorney General of the Republic of Colombia

The panel discussion was hosted by Dr Michelle Lesh, Victorian IHL Advisory Committee at Australian Red Cross and Visiting Scholar at the Melbourne Law School.