Archive 14


Joe Biden speaks at Chatham House on the Future of the Transatlantic Relationship

Former Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, recently gave a speech at London’s Chatham House on the future of the transatlantic relationship. Mr Biden’s speech stresses the importance of this relationship, and also discusses the future of the rule-based international system in a climate currently challenging to the established global liberal order. A related […]

“We Need A Cyber Arms Control Treaty”

A recent article published on the MIT Technology Review website suggests that a cyber arms control treaty (described as a “Digital Geneva Convention”) is needed to safeguard hospitals, power grids and other essential infrastructure in case of cyber attack. This issue has also been recently explored by Foreign Policy in its Fall 2018 magazine edition dedicated to futures of war – see below as previously reported by APCML, and particularly here.

New Articles of Note to APCML Readers

The following articles recently published by War on the Rocks, War is Boring and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) may be of note to APCML readers: War on the Rocks  Patrick Burke investigates why rape is so pervasive during civil wars particularly, and considers common explanations for this phenomenon. He suggests that militaries which dominate the State […]

New Chinese Anti-Terror Force Planned

Reuters recently reported on the Chinese government’s plans to develop a new anti-terror force that can operate both domestically and internationally to protect State interests. In an official interview reported on by Reuters, Zhang Xiaoqi – intelligence chief of China’s People’s Armed Police – indicated that “the mission scope of the special forces stretches from land to sea, from home to abroad”.

In late 2015, the Chinese government also passed a counter-terrorism law enabling its military and police forces to join or conduct counter-terrorism operations overseas, although Reuters indicates that significant political and diplomatic hurdles would likely complicate any such action.

Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

On 25 October, the annual United Nations Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security will take place in New York. It will mark 18 years since the adoption of Resolution 1325 on the issue. The high-level debate is expected to focus on empowerment of women in the peace process. As president of the […]

‘Can IHL Restrain Armed Groups?’ – Lessons from Landmines

A new article on the Lawfare website examines the global effort to ban land mines. It suggests that groups seeking international recognition and possessing a strong military capacity are more likely to respect IHL – and that better policies can increase the attractiveness of doing so. The full article is available here.

In related news, North and South Korea have also started removing landmines from their border – see here. This comes as the ICRC warns of new research indicating that urban warfare is eight times more deadly for civilians in Syria and Iraq – see here.

White House releases 2018 National Strategy for Counterterrorism

On 4 October 2018, the White House released its National Strategy for Counterterrorism. This is the first time such a strategy has been released since 2011, although the New York Times reports that the 2018 strategy has similar themes to those released by previous administrations.

According to remarks by the US Secretary of State accompanying the release of this document, the new strategy “emphasises the importance of diplomacy and the role of international partnerships in combating terrorist threats” and “recognises the need for all nations to share the burden of confronting terrorism”.

Oral argument date set for alleged 9/11 planner Ammar al-Baluchi

Lawfare reports that an oral argument date has been set for Guantanamo detainee Ammar al-Baluchi, who is one of five accused of planning the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Baluchi has filed a motion seeking a permanent injunction with respect to alleged unlawful trial by a capital military commission. His motion and the US government’s […]

ICJ orders USA to ease Iran sanctions in areas related to humanitarian and civilian aid

On Wednesday 3 October, the International Court of Justice ordered the United States to ease some of its sanctions imposed on Iran, including those affecting humanitarian goods and civilian aircraft. The Lawfare blog has analysed the United States reaction here, and John Bellinger III has also evaluated the subsequent US decision to withdraw from treaties with Iran in reaction to the ICJ’s order here.

In related news, Lawfare has also published an article analysing the likelihood of Iran and Israel going to war in Syria. A similar thesis is also explored by the Australian Institute of International Affairs here; and a related lecture is being hosted by the Institute on 29 October.

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