‘Will Peacekeeping Weather the Crisis of Multilateralism?’

This analysis piece published on the IPI Global Observatory website by Arthur Boutellis notes that, historically speaking, peacekeeping and UNPKOs have remained immune from attacks on multilateralism and global cooperation within the UN system. However, the author considers whether this state of affairs will continue in future years, highlighting in particular issues associated with growing fault lines between […]

‘Hacking Humanitarians: Moving Towards a Humanitarian Cybersecurity Strategy’

This piece has been published on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog and is written by ICRC Head of Data Protection Massimo Marelli. The author identifies three key things that can help humanitarians shift from bystanders to active participants in digital protection, as organisations like the ICRC become more present and active in cyberspace. 

Mistakes of Fact in International Law

Two recent articles of note were published on the EJIL: Talk! blog post this week. The first is by Marko Milanovic, and is a three-part entry titled ‘Mistakes of Fact When Using Lethal Force in International Law’. Milanovic uses Iran’s accidental shooting down of a Ukraine passenger airliner as the catalyst to explore these issues, and considers whether […]

Security Council Report – January 2020 Monthly Forecast

This monthly forecast published by Security Council Report provides a forecast on likely action undertaken by the United Nations Security Council in January 2020, including the receipt of monthly briefings on the situation in Mali / MINUSMA, Libya / UNSMIL and Cyprus / UNFICYP. 

New International Review of the Red Cross edition on ‘Memory and War’ out now

The newest edition of the Review is dedicated to examining the psychological impacts of war, and the associated issues related to remembering conflict. In particular, this edition looks at how memory affects those persons left behind after war has ceased, and examines commemoration practices implemented by authorities and communities. There are contributions from Helene Dumas and Rain Liivoja, […]

New ICRC blog post – ‘Reflections of a Humanitarian Bureaucrat’

This new post published on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog by Hugo Slim reflects on his career and tracks the growth of the humanitarian sector “and its parallel bureaucratisation at the expense of charisma”. Slim argues that an improved balance between bureaucracy and charisma could improve humanitarian response and impact when responding to the new challenges facing those working […]

‘Trump’s Threat to Target Iran’s Cultural Heritage is Illegal and Wrong’

This recent Chatham House expert comment focuses on US President Donald Trump’s recent threat to target Iranian cultural sites in response to any retaliation over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, noting that such action is prohibited under the 1954 Hague Convention. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has previously rejected such criticisms, arguing that such strikes would fall within international […]

‘Did the President have the Domestic Legal Authority to Kill Qassem Soleimani?’

This article on the Lawfare website last week focuses on the legality of President Donald Trump’s recent order to kill Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in a targeted drone strike. The author focuses specifically on US domestic law (rather than international law), and notes the gradual erosion of checks and balances on the President’s ability to deploy military force overseas. See […]