“Newest US Strategy in Afghanistan Mirrors Past Plans for Retreat”

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. A review of the American strategy in Afghanistan was flagged earlier last month, but suggestions of negotiation with […]

New Cyber Security Centre for Australia

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 […]

United States alleged to have committed war crimes through its role in Yemen

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. Most recently, a coalition airstrike on a school bus killed 40 children, as summarised by APCML here.

Shifting the “Gender Agenda” Debate within the ADF

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 […]

Jurisdictional Immunities in Rukoro et al. v. Federal Republic of Germany

Between 1904 – 1908, Imperial German soldiers committed atrocities in Namibia which have subsequently been described as the first genocide of the 20th century. A class action complaint against Germany is now being litigated by descendants of the victims in the New York Southern District court. The plaintiffs variously seek compensation and a declaration that […]

ICRC Call for Papers: Children and War

The International Review of the Red Cross currently has an open call for papers on the topic of children and war. Authors are invited to send submissions to the Review’s editorial team in the form of a Word document via email at [email protected] The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018. Further information can be found on the […]

Coalition Airstrike on School Bus in Yemen Kills Scores of Children

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 […]

Joint Australia-US military exercise RIMPAC 2018 successfully completed

Exercise RIMPAC 2018 – one of the world’s largest international maritime warfare exercises – has been successfully completed. This year, the exercise took place between 27 June – 2 August, in Hawaii and off the coast of California. The Australian Navy reports that RIMPAC 2018 involved 47 surface ships, 5 submarines, over 200 aircraft and […]

US to establish “Space Branch” of armed forces by 2020

In a speech to the Pentagon on 9 August, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence announced that the US Department of Defence will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces – the US Department of the Space Force – by 2020. Various affiliated command and joint organisations will also be created. The […]

Increased News Chatter as Coalition Closes In on ISIS

Various sources and news outlets are currently reporting on the likely last stand of ISIS and predicting a hard-fought final battle for the province of Idlib, in eastern Syria. Foreign Policy suggests that the US-led coalition is set to launch a final fight against the group. More than 1,000 Islamic State fighters are currently dug […]