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Implications of Applying IHL to Low-Intensity Conflict: From Internal Disturbance to Armed Conflict

The Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) is a program of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiatives's. Humanitarian actors increasingly find themselves in contexts where the application of the norms and concepts of international humanitarian law (IHL) is contested. In particular, those working in possible situations of non-international armed conflict are often faced with the fact that it can be far from clear whether or not there exists a situation of armed conflict, which is required for the application of IHL.The key questions of this podcast include:

- What are the implications of classifying a situation of armed conflict under IHL? What is the impact of classification of conflict by some parties or actors and not by others?

- How should humanitarian organizations decide whether to advocate for the application of IHL to low-intensity conflicts?

-  From both a legal and policy perspective, what are the advantages and disadvantages of applying IHL? Beyond IHL, how can other relevant legal tools be utilized to enhance humanitarian protection?

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Voice of a Practitioner in Pakistan – Mossarat Qadeem


For this podcast episode on Violent Extremism by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Shannon N. Green sits down with Mossarat Qadeem, Founder and Director of the PAIMAN Alumni Trust, and partner of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). Mossarat shares her experience as a practitioner countering violent extremism at the grassroots levels in some of the most conflict-affected areas of Pakistan. She talks about the importance of building trust at the community-level and the contributions women can make to peace and security – locally and globally.

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Sécurité africaine : l'entrée de la Chine

Ce podcast de l'European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) Paris s'intéresse à la politique de sécurité de la Chine en Afrique. Historiquement présente via des ventes d'armes et une implication dans les opérations de maintien de la paix, la perception qu'a la Chine de son rôle dans la sécurité globale évolue, et elle s'implique en conséquence différemment en Afrique. Le principe de non-ingérence est toujours central, mais d'une méfiance historique envers les opérations de maintien de la paix suivie d'une participation limitée aux rôles de soutien, la Chine passe depuis 2012 à un engagement plus important dans des rôles de combat.

Autour de ces questions, les intervenants, Abigaël Vasselier, Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Mathieu Duchâtel et Tara Varma, discutent aussi du contact entre les populations locales et les effectifs chinois ainsi que des tensions qui, inévitablement, apparaissent sur le terrain pour les forces engagées dans le maintien de la paix. Passant de Juba au Mali pour des exemples sur les différents sujets, les intervenants discutent aussi du rapport entre les missions européennes et l'Armée populaire de libération chinoise.

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Towards a more just, secure, and peaceful world: Lessons from Albright and Axworthy


As the world grapples with a slew of challenges—yet another terrorist attack in Istanbul, the British public’s decision to leave the European Union, the greatest migration crisis it has ever known, and inadequate systems of governance to address such transnational dangers—three core themes come to the fore: justice, security, and rule of law.

Lloyd Axworthy, a former foreign minister of Canada, unpacked these complex and interconnected issues at the second annual Madeleine K. Albright Lecture on Global Justice. Highlighting Secretary Albright’s many contributions to advancing the concept of the Responsibility to Protect and the role of democratic institutions in assuring peace, Axworthy knits together seemingly disparate challenges facing the world today and offered a framework for addressing them couched firmly in the respect for basic human rights.

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Hamas’ Costly Options for Ending the Gaza Blockade

World Politics Review's weekly Trend Lines podcast addresses the SSR-related topics of the militarisation of police in Honduras and of transitional justice in Côte d'Ivoire after which it touches upon political prospects for Turkey, Syria and Iraq’s Kurds and then Hamas’ options for ending Gaza’s isolation. The discussion highlights the Honduran trend away from civilian policing and Côte d'Ivoire's apparent 'victor's justice'. 

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