2018 Northeast Asia Training Course for IHL Lecturers

The 2018 Northeast Asia Training Course for university lecturers on IHL recently took place from 20 – 22 August in Seoul. The course was co-hosted by the ICRC and the Korea University School of Law, and is designed to develop IHL teaching capacity among law lecturers and professors from Northeast Asian countries. Around 30 university […]

New ICRC Blog Posts: children in conflict and detention in armed conflicts

Two new posts on the ICRC’s Humanitarian Law & Policy blog deal with the issues of children in conflict and detention in armed conflicts. The first post – “Bombs and Blast Waves: Why Children in Conflict Need Special Care” – is written by Paul Reavley. His overarching question interrogates how we can be better prepared to treat […]

UN-organised Geneva Consultations on Yemen halt

Last week, UN News reported on the impending commencement of the UN-organised Geneva Consultations on Yemen, designed to bring an end to the years-long conflict. To date, however, the talks appear to have stalled, with the Houthi delegation being either unable or unwilling to attend, despite UN Special Envoy Martin Griffith insisting that the consultations have started. On […]

“Australia’s Deadliest Soldier: The Killer Commando”

Media company Vice has produced a new documentary on Paul Cale, a former member of the ADF’s 2 Commando Regiment who has developed a model for close-quarter fighting called “integrated close combat” which special forces (including the ADF) around the world have since adopted:  

Interview with Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff on the looming “Battle of Idlib”

Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff is Executive Director of People Demand Change Inc and former Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Taskforce. He recently appeared on the modern warfare podcast program Popular Front to discuss the situation on the ground in Syria and the looming Battle of Idlib, and suggests that he conflict will likely prove to be a “huge […]

“Designing against Terror”

Asia & The Pacific Policy Society has published a new article by Jon Coaffee discussing urban design and protection against terrorist acts, drawing attention to the increasingly difficult balance being struck between security and liveability:  Relatedly: an interesting research/commentary piece published by War on the Rocks analyses the “demographics of Southeast Asian Jihadism” by drawing on […]

“Talking to the Chiefs: Rick Burr (part 1)

A recent article on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute website summarises an interview with new Australian Army chief Lieutenant General Rick Burr. Burr provides insights into the ADF’s necessary process of adaptation to complex and increasingly high-tech threats in the Asia-Pacific region and broader globe: “Like every new Chief of Army, I really focus on […]

ASPI Reports: “The Month in Women, Peace and Security – August 2018”

This helpful post by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute summarises various relevant WPS events/news items occurring during the month of August which may not previously have received wide reportage. Many are particularly relevant to the Asia-Pacific region, including:  Japan’s induction of its first female fighter pilot; An all-female SWAT team guarding the Red Fort during […]

“Boe Declaration on Regional Security” signed at Pacific Islands Forum

The Boe Declaration on Regional Security was signed last week at the Pacific Islands Forum, which took place from 3–6 September [as previously reported by APCML]. This document is designed to update the 2000 Biketawa Declaration on regional security, and articulates an “expanded concept of security inclusive of human security, humanitarian assistance, prioritising environmental security, and […]