The state of conflicts today: Can humanitarian action adapt?

How do the dynamics of contemporary armed conflict shape, and constrain, humanitarian action? Is the international humanitarian "system"1 really at breaking point, as is often claimed? Or will it adapt to the changing realities not just of warfare but of global geopolitical shifts – as it has done repeatedly in the past – and evolve into something different?

About the author

Claudia McGoldrick
International Committee of the Red Cross

Claudia McGoldrick works as Special Adviser to the ICRC’s Presidency and Office of the Director-General. Prior to joining the ICRC in 2006, she worked as Senior Country Analyst for the Norwegian Refugee Council and as Africa Director for the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York. As a journalist reporting for various international media outlets such as the BBC, Reuters, The Economist and The Guardian, she worked for several years in West Africa, Central Asia and the United Kingdom.