Asymmetrical warfare from the perspective of humanitarian law and humanitarian action

The fateful events of 11 September 2001 epitomized a situation that confronts the ICRC in its work in many conflict zones all over the world, namely asymmetrical warfare. The belligerants are unequal, they have disparate aims and employ dissimilar methods to pursue their tactics and strategies.

About the author

Toni Pfanner
Former Editor-in-Chief of the International Review

Dr. Toni Pfanner was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Review of the Red Cross from the beginning of the year 2002 until the end of the year 2010.