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Introduction to the ICRC's field operations - ICRC Annual Report 2009

19-05-2010 Annual Report No 2009

In 2009, the ICRC operated in contexts marked by a number of striking common features. The first noticeable characteristic of today’s conflicts is their average duration. In most cases, the ICRC has now been present for two, three or even four decades. In other words, conflicts experience a combination of acute and chronic phases and rarely come to a clear-cut end, with a specific peace agreement to chart the next phase of a country’s history.