Seminar: International Committee of the Red Cross

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Humanitarian Diplomacy in the Asia Pacific Region

When: Feb 19 2008 (All day)
Where: Burns Hall, Room 3012
What:



RESEARCH PROGRAM

Brown Bag Seminar

The International Committee of the Red
Cross:

Humanitarian Diplomacy in the Asia
Pacific Region

Stephan Sakalian

Adviser for
Multilateral Affairs in Asia

International
Committee of the Red Cross

Tuesday, 1p February
2008, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

John A. Burns Hall,
Room 3012, 3rd floor

The
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and
independent humanitarian organization, which works to help people affected by
wars and other situations of armed violence worldwide, including in the Asia
Pacific. It aims to improve their lives and enhance their rights and dignity.
Promoting international humanitarian law (IHL) and other fundamental rules that
apply to situations of armed violence is at the core of the ICRC's mandate.

During his
presentation, Mr Stephan Sakalian, Adviser of the ICRC for Multilateral Affairs
in Asia, will briefly review the main operational challenges of the ICRC in the
Asia Pacific region, and give an insight of the ICRC's humanitarian diplomacy
on the regional multilateral scene, which aims at reinforcing exchange and
cooperation in the area of IHL and humanitarian affairs with regional
organizations such as the ASEAN, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Shanghai
Cooperation Organization. Among other topics, the humanitarian situation in
Myanmar or the significance of the ASEAN Charter signed by the ASEAN leaders in
last November, will be discussed.

Stephan Sakalian is the Adviser for Multilateral Affairs
in Asia of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), since November
2005. He is in charge of the ICRC's
relations with key regional organizations and think tanks of Asia-Pacific, with
the purpose of reinforcing exchange and cooperation in the area of humanitarian
action and International Humanitarian
Law (IHL).Prior to his current assignment,
Mr Sakalian has completed several missions for the ICRC in various positions:
Delegate in Eritrea from 2000 to 2001, Delegate
in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan from 2001
to 2002, Delegate in Guantanamo Bay (USA) in September 2002, Deputy Head of Regional Delegation in Central Asia
from 2002 to 2004 and Head of Mission in
Abkhazia, Georgia from 2004 to 2005.After
graduating at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP) of Aix-en-Provence in 1997,
Mr. Sakalian obtained his Diplôme d'Etudes Appliquées (DEA) at the Department of Post-Communist
Studies of the Institute of Political
Sciences ("Sciences Po") in 1998 and studied Russian at the National Institute of Eastern Languages
and Civilisations (INALCO), in Paris.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Kim Fujiuchi
Phone: 944-7300