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Webinar: Non-state armed groups: people, power, policies

The International Committee of the Red Cross is pleased to announce that it will host a Webinar on “Non-State Armed Groups: People, Power, Policies” as part of its ongoing International Humanitarian Law online course for senior humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers (7 September – 9 October 2020). There is no fee associated to this event and it is open to all. 
Date and Time 7 October 2020, 17:00 – 18:15 CEST
Live from Geneva Online / Webinar 
Description of the event
A central feature of the changing geopolitical landscape of the last decade has been the proliferation of non-State armed groups (NSAGs). In some of the most complex recent conflicts, analysts observed hundreds, if not thousands, of groups engaging in armed violence. The multiplication of armed groups, their diverse nature, and the different ways in which they operate make it increasingly difficult for humanitarian organizations to operate safely and engage effectively with NSAGs on IHL compliance.This Webinar discussion will convene leading experts to take stock of key trends that ICRC and others are witnessing in their engagement with armed groups. Panelists will also seek to provide answers to the following questions: How can we make sense of the structure, organization and operations of NSAGs? What explains their fragmentation? How do they sustain power? What is the experience of people living under their control? And finally, how to effectively sustain humanitarian engagement with NSAGs in order to protect and assist vulnerable populations?

Speakers & Panellists  
Dr Jérôme Drevon Adviser on Non-State armed groups, ICRC  
Dr Cordula Droege Chief Legal Officer & Head of the Legal Division, ICRC  
Mr Hichem Khadraoui Head of Operations, Geneva Call  
Dr Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni Head of Regional Office (Dakar), Institute for Security Studies  
Dr Ashley Jackson Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Armed Groups, Overseas Development Institute  
Ms Mariya Nikolova – ModeratorLegal Training Adviser, ICRC 
If you have questions about this event, please contact the ICRC’s Legal Training Sector: icrc_ihltraining@icrc.org We look forward to seeing you there! Kind wishes,
The ICRC organizational Team