Archive 15

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‘American Mercenaries’

Buzzfeed News published a major report last week examining American mercenary involvement in Yemen. The report investigated the hiring of ex-special forces soldiers to carry out targeted assassinations for the United Arab Emirates, and suggested that such engagements could increasingly represent the future of war:

Proposal for a cyber-ICRC

An interesting article for Lawfare from Dr Herb Lin suggests that the International Committee of the Red Cross could provide a model for a new international organisation to provide neutral assistance and relief to vulnerable persons and businesses affected by serious cyberattacks. By using the ICRC as precedent, Dr Lin suggests that an equivalent cyberspace organisation would […]

More Time Agreed for Syrian Buffer Zone in Idlib

Russia and Turkey have agreed to allow more time for opposition groups to withdraw from a de-escalation zone in Idlib. The area has been spared from air raids for over a month. Full details from UN News available here.

“Proxy Wars and the Demise of Conventional Warfighting”

A new ASPI article by Australian Army major Andrew Maher suggests that the ADF may struggle in future decades to maintain the technological advantages it traditionally enjoyed during the Cold War. The article suggests that “Information Age” proxy warfare will come to be a new security imperative and necessity for Australia.

In related news, War on the Rocks has reviewed this new book investigating the human stories and ethically dilemmas inside Britain’s Reaper drone force.

IPI Global Observatory: Women In Conflict

The IPI Global Observatory has released three recent articles on the topic of women in conflict which may be of note to APCML readers:   The first piece summarises recent comments by Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Margot Wallstrom on the centrality of women to sustainable peace processes. The second piece summarises remarks at an IPI discussion late last month, which examined the full participation of women peace builders and mediators in peace processes. The third piece notes UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Batchelet’s recent remarks decrying attempts to silence women human rights defenders around the world.

New Articles on Syria and ISIS of Note to APCML Readers

The following recent articles may be of note to APCML readers:   A new report published by Chatham House suggests that the Syrian regime has become increasingly reliant on external actors pursuing their own interests in the region, which is turning it into a “transactional state” dominated by self-interested actors aligned with the Assad regime. […]

The Last Americans Fighting In Afghanistan

Australian photojournalist Andrew Quilty prepared this recent feature for the New York Times capturing the everyday reality of the last American special forces soldiers fighting ISIS in Afghanistan:

Nobel Peace Prize 2018: “Shining a Spotlight on Sexual Violence in War”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by Helen Durham welcomes the 2018 Nobel Peace prize award to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for their work on sexual violence in war, and uses this as an opportunity to reflect on achievements in this area to date and identify future challenges. A similar article has also been recently published by the Australian Institute of International Affairs online here.

“Myanmar’s Rohingya and the Genocide Label”

A new article on the Australian Institute of International Affairs website by PhD candidate Michelle Ringrose advocates for the renewed importance of using and applying the language of genocide when and where it occurs. The author argues that this is crucial if the international community wants to successfully bring security and stability to Southeast Asia […]

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