Archive 17

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Historic Conviction of former Khmer Rouge Leaders

Last Friday, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found former senior Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, and sentenced them to life in prison.

New EJIL: Talk! blog posts of note

The following recent posts on the EJIL: Talk! blog may be of interest to APCML readers: ‘A War Crimes Trial that Needs More Attention  In this post, Dr Vidan Hadzi-Vidanovic draws attention to the domestic process currently taking place in El Salvador to prosecute the perpetrators of the 1981 El Mozote Massacre: ....‘Does the ICC Statute Remove Immunities […]

2018: WWI Armistice 100th Anniversary

Last week, on November 11, the centenary of the armistice ending WWI was commemorated. Various articles marking this significant occasion are detailed below:

‘The Price of Peace’

ASPI provides a historical summary of the Great War and its enduring significance for Australia – see also here.

‘WWI’s Depressing Lessons for Asia’

Foreign Policy analyses China’s leadership style and argues that it is mirroring Kaiser Wilhem II’s Germany.

‘Multilateralism More Vital Than Ever, as World War Centenary Looms’

Summary article by UN News capturing the Security Council’s comments here.

UNSC Expert: Crime Gangs Amass “Staggering Profits” in Conflict Zones

As part of the annual briefing led by UN peacekeeping operations, Tuesday Reitano (Deputy Director of the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime) explained last week that international crime gangs are generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits in conflict areas alone.

ASPI – “The Month in WPS – October 2018”

This monthly summary article by ASPI covers various events of significance for the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda taking place over the past month. Discussion includes the 18th anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325, and the fact that Australian women are still cut off from national security debates. Foreign Policy similarly argues recently that women are key […]

Australia’s Major General Cheryl Pearce announced as Force Commander of UNFICYP

On 8 November, the UN Secretary-General announced that Australia’s Major-General Cheryl Pearce will be the new Force Commander of the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The official statement is available here. The significance of the announcement is analysed by ASPI below; see also this related UN News story summarising the statements of a peacekeeping […]

US DOJ Releases 2014 OLC Opinion Approving 2014 ISIS Airstrikes

Last week, Lawfare reported that the US Department of Justice had released a 2014 Office of Legal Counsel opinion approving airstrikes against ISIS under the president’s constitutional Article II powers.

“Why Militaries Must Destroy Cities to Save Them”

A new article on the Modern War Institute discusses the unique nature of modern urban combat. The author argues, inter alia, that since cities will almost certainly be where future wars take place, the US and other militaries must prepare and adapt for this new reality. See also this related piece from the Small Wars Journal.

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