Archive 24

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Shangri-La Dialogue, Singapore

This recent Dialogue, taking place from 1 – 2 June 2019 in Singapore, is the premier defence summit in Asia. It was hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and convened prominent defence/security officials from Asia and the wider world to speak on security issues in the Indo-Pacific region. This helpful analysis from the IPI Global Observatory contextualises the summit and its significance. See also this more recent analysis from The Diplomat.

’20 Years of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Armed Conflict’

This EJIL: Talk! piece looks back at the Second Protocol 20 years on, and focuses particularly on its application to Non-International Armed Conflicts (NIACs):

2019 UN Security Council Open Debate on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict

This annual event took place recently on 23 May 2019, under the Indonesian presidency of the UN Security Council. The debate aimed to address the involvement of local and affected communities; protection of civilians mandates in peacekeeping operations; and mechanisms to prevent the escalation of armed conflict. This helpful analysis by WILPF helps draw out the key implications of […]

‘China’s Multifaceted Arctic Strategy’

This War on the Rocks piece notes that China is positioning itself to become an “Arctic power”, which could bode ill for (inter alia) North Atlantic security and US-Sino relations. The strategy is largely economic (at least at the moment), but the author notes that this could ultimately have profound security implications.

‘Iraq brings ISIS to Justice’

This interesting Foreign Policy analysis article examines Iraq’s trials of persons suspected of belonging to ISIS. The UN has sent an investigative team to assist the local judiciary in the investigation and prosecution of these crimes, but international media has reportedly often painted a bleak picture of the “10 minute trials” taking place. The author contemplates likely ways […]

‘Climate of War’

This interesting piece on the Red Cross Red Crescent magazine website considers whether a warming planet will lead to a more violent world, and/or whether it will also inflict more suffering on those living through conflict. The article takes the Middle East and North Africa as particular case studies.

The Month in WPS: April 2019

This monthly update, published by ASPI, summarises WPS news items of note from the past month, including:  New UN Security Council Resolution 2467 on conflict-related sexual violence;  The vital role of women in Sudan’s pro-democracy uprising; and  Women’s participation in peacekeeping in the Asia-Pacific.

‘Gender and Climate (in)Security in the Pacific’

This recent ASPI article by Jacqueline Westermann highlights that climate change and related natural disasters are also gendered issues, which can result in casualties among women and children being up to 14 times higher than men during disasters.

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