Archive 22


ICRC Research Launch: Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict and IHL’s Protective Role

On 6 May, the ICRC launched its new research study on ‘Displacement in Times of Armed Conflict: How IHL Protects in War, and Why it Matters’. The study analyses the intersection between IHL and displacement, and provides insights for determining whether violations of/respect for IHL have a fostering or mitigating impact on displacement.

‘Sri Lanka Attack Signals ISIS’ Widening Reach’

New York Times article suggesting that – contrary to expectation – ISIS has not been defeated, and has continued to expand abroad as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria. Experts fear the Sri Lanka bombings may be a harbinger for a new wave of attacks, and it is unknown how many related groups may be […]

UNSC Annual Open Debate on SVC; new WPS resolution

On 23 April, the UN Security Council held the annual Open Debate on SVC. This year’s debate focused on accountability for sexual violence and survivor-centred approaches. The debate culminated in the passage of UNSCR 2467, which is the 9th UNSC resolution on WPS. See also from UN News here.

‘The ICC and US Retaliatory Visa Measures’

This EJIL: Talk! blog post analyses the recent US decision to revoke the ICC Prosecutor’s visa for entry into America. The authors contemplate whether the UN can do more to support the Prosecutor’s immunities and privileges, particularly by granting the Prosecutor “expert on mission” status.

EJIL: Talk! Commentary on ICC Decision Not to Investigate the Situation in Afghanistan

A two-part blog commentary by Dapo Akande and Talita de Souza Dias scrutinises the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber’s recent decision to reject the Prosecutor’s request for authorisation to conduct an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan. The authors summarise some of the existing criticisms of this development, and contribute to the ongoing discussion by examining two particular […]

‘The Longest War Needs Fresh Thinking’

In a Wall Street Journal opinion article on 17 April, Jonathan Burks (former Chief of Staff to Paul Ryan) called for US Congress to gather a commission to write a comprehensive history of the War on Terror, as the first step in a comprehensive review of US counterterrorism strategy: “With nearly 60,000 casualties across all theaters of […]

‘Has the Australian Government Met its Defence Funding Commitments?’

This ASPI analysis examines the four federal budgets since the 2016 defence white paper, and investigates whether the funding that the government has provided in those budgets has aligned with the white paper commitment. The author concludes that it has, but observes: “Of course, how much funding Defence gets is a different issue from whether that […]

‘The Hidden Costs of Strategy by Special Operations’

This War on the Rocks analysis discusses America’s traditional reliance on special forces as a foreign policy “easy button”, which is claimed to be divorced from the hard work needed to make lasting progress towards overarching strategic objectives. The author concludes: More importantly, overreliance on their abilities will prevent them from properly preparing for great power […]

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