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Syria and the Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric Meets Reality

Syria and the Responsibility to Protect: Rhetoric Meets Reality

Syria surely demonstrates, in all too graphic detail, the limits of R2P and the pressing need for creative thinking about profound reforms of the UN which address the P5 veto in the Security Council and the absence of a UN standing army.

Climate Change, the Laws of War and the Military

Climate Change, the Laws of War and the Military

The laws of war may need to be amended in order to protect those facilities and components such as forests and flood defences that societies will rely upon in the future to protect us from the impacts of climate change.

To Strike or Not to Strike: What is the Endgame in Iran?

To Strike or Not to Strike: What is the Endgame in Iran?

Amid all the debate over whether to attack Iran, the most important question to ask is whether this policy will keep Iran non-nuclear indefinitely?

A Pyrrhic Victory? The ‘War on Terror’ and ‘The Triumph of Just War’

A Pyrrhic Victory? The ‘War on Terror’ and ‘The Triumph of Just War’

If we wish to think about whether the triumph of just war is meaningful or pyrrhic, we need to examine how just war discourse functions. The challenge that confronts just war theorists today is to devise new and more sophisticated ways of pursuing this task.

Assessing the Risk of Global Climate Change on the Australian Defence Force

Assessing the Risk of Global Climate Change on the Australian Defence Force

While other militaries around the world have taken notice of climate change and are now acting, defence planners and policy elite in Australia are pre-occupied by global power shifts. In confining climate change as a third order issue, they are overlooking major risks.

A Critical Introduction to the ‘Legalisation of World Politics’

A Critical Introduction to the ‘Legalisation of World Politics’

Contrary to realist expectations, states have frequently engaged in institutionalised co-operation even under conditions of anarchy.

Western Armed Forces and the Mass Media in Historical Perspective

Western Armed Forces and the Mass Media in Historical Perspective

The appearance of social media is less a major change than simply one more development in the long history of propaganda. In focussing on technological changes, governments and their armed forces miss the wider political and social issues.

Is the War on Terror Over?

Is the War on Terror Over?

Young Muslim activists have received a new standard for challenging the old order, and a new form of protest, one that discredits terrorism as the easy and ineffective path.

India’s Iran-Israel Balancing Act

India’s Iran-Israel Balancing Act

Amidst growing Israeli-Iranian animosity, India’s traditional policy of compartmentalizing relations with each nation is becoming untenable.

Coming up for Air: Making Sense of the Australian ‘Future Submarines’ Debate

Coming up for Air: Making Sense of the Australian ‘Future Submarines’ Debate

The Australian government will decide on a new submarine programme before mid-2012, its largest ever defence procurement. The debate is part of the discourse about China’s rise. For the first time, Australia’s major trading partner is not a member of the Western alliance.

Rebalancing Priorities: America, Europe, and Defence Austerity

Rebalancing Priorities: America, Europe, and Defence Austerity

Faced with fiscal pressures at home and rising powers elsewhere, the US is reducing its troop presence in Europe. The interests of European security can be best served by Britain and France developing a stronger joint expeditionary capacity.

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