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Engaging with Armed Groups: Legal and Operational Challenges for Humanitarian Actors

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Engaging with Armed Groups: Legal and Operational Challenges for Humanitarian Actors

Time: March 30, 2012 from 11:30am to 1pm
Location: The Brookings Institution Falk Auditorium 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036
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Event Type: panel, discussion
Organized By: Brookings Institute
Latest Activity: Mar 30, 2012

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Today, non-state actors play a central role in armed violence and are associated with many of the humanitarian concerns generated by conflicts. The lines between gangs, warlords, insurgents, paramilitary forces and drug traffickers are becoming blurrier. In addition, armed violence is increasingly occurring in urban environments. Political and humanitarian actors intent on promoting respect for the rights of conflict victims must study and understand armed groups, grasp the laws that apply to them, and assess their limits.

On March 30, the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement and the International Committee for the Red Cross will host a discussion on armed groups and humanitarian protection featuring the launch of the new edition of the International Review of the Red Cross, titled "Understanding Armed Groups and the Applicable Law." Panelists will include: Vincent Bernard, editor-in-chief of the International Review of the Red Cross; Brookings Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown; and Marco Sassòli, professor and director, Department of International Law and International Organizations, University of Geneva. Senior Fellow Elizabeth Ferris, co-director of the Project on Internal Displacement, will provide introductory remarks and moderate the discussion.

After the program, panelists will take audience questions.

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