The Peace Frequency: Episode 16

Guest: Andrea Harrison

Air Date: February 10th, 2015

In this episode, we speak with Andrea Harrison who serves as deputy legal advisor of the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. She shares with us the role the ICRC plays in international conflict as while providing some legal frameworks and terminology to help us understand the world of international humanitarian law. Additionally, Andrea answers questions regarding negotiations including preparations, leverage and empathy towards your counterpart.

Featured Quotes from the Show

“They’re all the same: Law of war, law of armed conflict, international law are the same body of law, governing the conduct of the parties to an armed conflict.”

“International humanitarian law allows you to use lethal force as a matter of first resort, where international human rights, use of lethal force has to be used as a last resort. So just flipping that on its head, there’s nothing really good that comes out of armed conflict.”

“The best situation is when you have two sides of an armed conflict-or however many sides- all at least agreeing to apply the rules they have signed up to to the best to their ability. That would be a win-win…”

“You always look at both sides of any story. you never go in being ‘really am for this’ or ‘really am for that’ you really have got to try to be in each person’s shoes, and think about what it’s like for them. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with anything they do.”

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