Archive 23

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Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Will Bid on US Military Contracts

This piece on the War is Boring website notes that Musk (Tesla) and Bezos (Amazon) are entering the military-industrial market, and will now start bidding on contracts to build rocket-related weaponry for the US.

‘The Masculine Condition in Contemporary Warfare’

This new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by Gilbert Holleufer considers men’s relationship to (wartime) violence, and contemplates how the male identity relates to contemporary conflict. Holleufer suggests that discussions on masculinity and men’s relationship to violence remains largely “guarded” and calls for a renewed examination of these topics in the context of current […]

EJIL: Talk! analysis – ‘Malaysia’s Envisaged Withdrawal from the Rome Statute’

This blog post analyses Malaysia’s recent announcement that it will ‘rescind its membership’ of the Rome Statute, after previously having submitted its instrument of accession (whereby Malaysia would have formally become a State Party on 1 June 2019). The author’s analysis suggests that Malaysia can indeed validly withdraw its ratification at any point before 1 June […]

‘The UN’s Precarious Financial Situation Places Missions and People at Risk’

This recent article published on the IPI Global Observatory website notes that the UN is facing a “cash crunch”, and that the UN’s core peacekeeping and regular budgets are suffering. While the challenge is not new, the author notes that the ongoing trend of late payments is putting UN peacekeeping operations under significant strain. The author instead suggests […]

‘How does the Next Great Power Conflict Play Out?’

This War on the Rocks article presents the results of a recent war-game which examined whether the US could win an imaginary World War III. Observations from the exercise included devastatingly high levels of attrition, the possibility of use of chemical agents, and quick resort to nuclear weapons. The full article is here.

ICC Appeals Chamber: Heads of State Have No Immunity under Customary International Law Before International Tribunals

This EJIL: Talk! blog post by Dapo Akande draws attention to a recent decision of the ICC’s Appeals Chamber, which appears to indicate that – under customary international law – Heads of State have no immunity from criminal prosecution in international criminal courts. At the time of writing, the full judgment was not yet available, but Professor Akande notes […]

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