Archive 21

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‘Indo-Pacific Terrorism: What to Expect for the Foreseeable Future’

A timely post on the Small Wars Journal by J. “Lumpy” Lumbaca considers whether and how extremist terrorism will continue to persist in the Indo-Pacific during 2019 and beyond. The author nominates the following key trends as part of this prediction: Continued Islamic State influence on Indo-Pacific terrorists;  Increased use of the internet by terrorists;  Increased […]

UNAMA: detainee torture by Afghan forces remains ‘disturbingly high’

In a report released on 17 April last week, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) observed that while reports of Afghan security forces torturing prisoners have declined over the past two years, they continue to take place at ‘disturbingly high’ levels. The full UNAMA report is available here, and is summarised by War […]

New ASPI Report: ’18 Years and Counting

This new report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute provides a general overview and update on what successive Australian governments have done since 9/11 to counter terrorism’s threats to international, regional and domestic peace and security. The report was launched on 10 April and is available here.

Australian Red Cross Pacific Handbooks on IHL

The Australian Red Cross has designed a series of country-specific IHL handbooks for parliamentarians, designed to increase understanding of IHL, and encourage government officials to promote respect for IHL. “Pacific Islanders are no longer just Islanders in and of the Pacific Ocean, but Pacific Islanders in the Global Ocean […] There is no doubt there […]

New Book by Marco Sassòli

The new book is called International Humanitarian Law: Rules, Controversies, and Solutions to Problems Arising in Warfare. Part of the Edward Elgar ‘Principles of International Law’ series, Professor Sassòli’s book is practically oriented, and examines when IHL applies; its substantive rules; the maintenance of respect for IHL; and the IAC/NIAC distinction. The Director of the APCML, […]

New issue of the International Review of the Red Cross on ‘Conflict in Syria’

This new issue highlights important aspects of the ongoing conflict in Syria from a humanitarian, legal, psychological and urban planning perspective:

‘NATO Just Turned 70 and it’s Showing Its Age’

A Washington Post article republished last week by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace suggests that the alliance is “ill-equipped” to cope with today’s range of global security threats: […] it is becoming increasingly clear that the alliance today is ill-equipped to deal with myriad complex threats. NATO’s political leaders refuse to counter the real threat facing the transatlantic alliance: lack of a strategy to deal with Russia’s and China’s increasing military and political power. The reason is NATO’s flawed culture.

The author, Judy Dempsey, goes on to allege various cultural deficiencies in NATO’s institutions and operations, and argues that leaders need to return to Cold War-style strategic planning.

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