On Monday 10 September, the ICC Appeals Chamber began its hearings in Jordan’s appeal against the Pre-Trial Chamber’s decision that Jordan failed to comply with its obligations under the Rome Statute by failing to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir when he visited Jordan in 2017 to attend the Arab League Summit. The development is analysed […]
John Bolton delivers first major speech as National Security Adviser
On Monday 10 September, John Bolton delivered his first major speech as US National Security Adviser to the Federalist Society. The speech was entitled “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats”. The full text is available on the Lawfare website here, and a video recording is embedded below.
New ICRC Blog Posts: children in conflict and detention in armed conflicts
The first post – “Bombs and Blast Waves: Why Children in Conflict Need Special Care” – is written by Paul Reavley. His overarching question interrogates how we can be better prepared to treat children in active war zones. The post also details Reavley’s work with the Paediatric Blast Injury Partnership initiative between Save the Children and the Centre for Blast Injury Studies at Imperial College London.
The second post – “Detention and Armed Conflicts: Exploring Realities and Remedies – is written by Helen Durham. Sharing her own thoughts on the realities faced by detainees in modern conflicts, she questions how we can reinforce the legal framework protecting such detainees, and how we can ensure that these efforts translate into concrete protection effects in the field.
Media company Vice has produced a new documentary on Paul Cale, a former member of the ADF’s 2 Commando Regiment who has developed a model for close-quarter fighting called “integrated close combat” which special forces (including the ADF) around the world have since adopted:
Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff is Executive Director of People Demand Change Inc and former Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Taskforce. He recently appeared on the modern warfare podcast program Popular Front to discuss the situation on the ground in Syria and the looming Battle of Idlib, and suggests that he conflict will likely prove to be a “huge humanitarian catastrophe”:
Relatedly: an interesting research/commentary piece published by War on the Rocks analyses the “demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism” by drawing on new research designed to identify typical members of such groups who may carry out or support terrorist attacks.
A recent article on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute website summarises an interview with new Australian Army chief Lieutenant General Rick Burr. Burr provides insights into the ADF’s necessary process of adaptation to complex and increasingly high-tech threats in the Asia-Pacific region and broader globe: “Like every new Chief of Army, I really focus on […]
This helpful post by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute summarises various relevant WPS events/news items occurring during the month of August which may not previously have received wide reportage. Many are particularly relevant to the Asia-Pacific region, including: Japan’s induction of its first female fighter pilot; An all-female SWAT team guarding the Red Fort during […]
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