Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross, will reflect on tenuous, frontlne negotations in Syria, Iraq and Africa.

Dr. Peter Maurer will be discussing the International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC's) experience in negotiating humanitarian access to some of the most embattled conflict arenas of our time with Future of Diplomacy Project Faculty Director, R. Nicholas Burns.

Dr. Maurer entered the Swiss diplomatic service in 1987, where he held various positions in Bern and Pretoria before being transferred to New York in 1996 as deputy permanent observer at the Swiss mission to the United Nations. In 2000 he was appointed ambassador and head of the human security division in the political directorate of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern.

In 2004 Dr Maurer was appointed ambassador and permanent representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York. In this position, he worked to integrate Switzerland, which had only recently joined the United Nations, into multilateral networks. In June 2009, the UN General Assembly elected Mr Maurer chairman of the Fifth Committee, in charge of administrative and budgetary affairs. In addition, he was elected chairman of the Burundi configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission. In January 2010 Mr Maurer was appointed secretary of State for foreign affairs in Bern and took over the reins of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, with its five directorates and some 150 Swiss diplomatic missions around the world. He succeeded Jakob Kellenberger as ICRC president on 1 July 2012.