Magazine article Arms Control Today

Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control

Magazine article Arms Control Today

Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control

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Red Cross Interventions in Weapons Control Ritu Mathur, Lexington Books, October 2017, 190 pages

Ritu Mathur, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, details the role of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the control and elimination of weapons. The ICRC has contributed substantially to this field, in part due to its privileged access to diplomatic negotiations, Mathur contends. Recent ICRC interventions into debates about weapons disarmament, including its outspoken support for weapons prohibition treaties, has been criticized by some who contend that the organization should remain nonpolitical. Yet, Mathur's account shows the ICRC has acted consistently and wielded its influence in three primary modes: "testimonialization," medicalization, and legalization. …

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