A new post on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog considers the ongoing lack of consensus surrounding a definition of “meaningful human control” in the context of autonomous weapons. The post suggests that the concept of meaningful human control is “not the only, or perhaps the most fitting, approach to analyzing (the effect of autonomous technologies […]
This post is adapted from a forthcoming article by Merel Ekelhof on meaningful human control as part of a broader empirical research project regarding the practice of targeting.
Albert Palazzo, Director of War Studies at the Australian Army Research Centre, recently wrote an article for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute identifying some of the key challenges facing the ADF at the level of strategic, operational and tactical warfare. Issues include the rise of China, the proliferation of anti-access and area denial (A2AD) systems […]
The New York Times recently reported that the Trump administration is urging American-backed Afghan troops to retreat from sparsely-populated areas of the country, in a move that will likely ensure the Taliban retain control of large parts of Afghanistan.
On 16 August, the government announced the opening of the new Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), as part of the Australian Signals Directorate. According to a press release, the ACSC will draw on expertise from ICT, law enforcement, defence, universities and security agencies, as well as international partners. It will operate as Australia’s central hub for cyber security information, advice […]
More information is available by calling 1300 CYBER1 (1300 292 371) or visiting cyber.gov.au.
Foreign Policy has alleged that America is committing war crimes through its role in the ongoing Saudi-led war in Yemen. The ongoing conflict, which began in March 2015, continues to cause widespread civilian casualties.
The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has recently published a new article by Lisa Sharland critiquing the third progress report on the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012–2018. In particular, Sharland identifies a tendency to catalogue processes over outcomes in these reports: “We need to be wary of focusing on formal […]
More information on Women, Peace and Security in the ADF is available here.
Jurisdictional Immunities in Rukoro et al. v. Federal Republic of Germany
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on 9 August was described as a “legitimate military operation”, but has drawn widespread condemnation from the UN and other commentators. As reported in the New York Times, the ICRC said that at least 29 children were killed when a school bus carrying students on a field […]
Exercise RIMPAC 2018 – one of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercises – has been successfully completed.
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