Archive 19


ASPI Launch: Election Special Report

In the lead-up to each Australian federal election, ASPI releases a special report containing essays which examine key strategic, defence and strategy challenges and offer policy recommendations. The 2019 report was launched last week on 26 February in Canberra, and is available below. It contains 30 short essays by authors such as Lisa Sharland, Peter […]

Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 4

President Trump recently signed Space Policy Directive 4, which formally creates the previously announced US Space Force by endorsing the Department of Defense to submit a request to Congress for the creation of this new branch of the armed forces. A helpful analysis of this development is available from the Centre for Strategic and International […]

“The Imperative of Integrating a Gender Perspective into Military Operations”

A recent article for ASPI by Susan Hutchinson and Nathan Bradney considers Australia’s continuing work on its second National Action Plan for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (“WPS”) agenda. In particular, the authors argue that Australia’s intelligence organisations need to take on a greater responsibility for implementing WPS: Relatedly, this New York […]

NZDF Law of Armed Conflict manual

The updated Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC) manual, prepared by the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), has recently been published and is now available.  The manual is designed for use by the NZDF, and provides the basis for the content of all NZDF LOAC training. It prescribes orders implementing New Zealand’s LOAC obligations, and provides […]

“The Month in WPS: November 2018”

ASPI published its monthly summary on developments in Women, Peace and Security (WPS) for November 2018 last week:  Relatedly, see part 3 of a running interview series by ASPI with Chief of Army Angus Campbell, in which he emphasises the importance of having more women in the ADF:

Japanese Navy Considering Acquiring Aircraft Carriers

The National Interest reported last week on the Japanese navy’s announcement late last month that it intends to modify its current helicopter-class aircraft carriers to support fighter jets: “Japan’s post-war constitution forbids offensive military operations. For decades, the country’s leaders have interpreted the prohibition to mean the Japanese navy could not possess aircraft carriers. The […]

Related commentary on Japan’s new defence policy was published last week by War on the Rocks; and in other related news, War is Boring reports that the US Air Force has a new war plan for the Pacific, which will involve the rapid deployment of small groups of planes to rapidly move between bases and frustrate an adversary, while the enemy is jamming their communications:

New EJIL: Talk! blog post: “The ICC’s Impact on National Justice”

A new post on the EJIL: Talk! blog interrogates whether the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor can “catalyse” domestic cases, and analyses the principle and operation of complementarity. The authors discuss the research questions and methodology behind a May 2018 report analysing the ICC’s impact on national justice in Colombia, Georgia, Guinea and the UK. This blog post is part of a larger symposium with Justice in Conflict on that report:

New ICRC blog post: “The Price of Virtual Proximity”

A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog explores how humanitarian organisations’ digital trails can put people at risk. This question was the starting premise for the ICRC and Privacy International’s recent joint report which examines the risks associated with the humanitarian sector’s use of certain technologies, and risks posed by metadata:

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