Why has there been a rise in corporate mercenaries?

Why has there been a rise in corporate mercenaries?

By Felip Daza & Nora Miralles It’s not too late to rein in these unaccountable armed giants, but we need to act fast. When the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated by agents of the Saudi government in 2018, it caused an international scandal. Now, it turns...
Have targeted assassinations become normalised?

Have targeted assassinations become normalised?

By Ben Goldson According to a new study, the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in combat has worked to normalise the practice of targeted assassinations. According to a study titled “In the Frame,” commissioned by advocacy group, Drone Wars, the use of Unmanned Aerial...
How legitimate is proxy warfare? 🔊

How legitimate is proxy warfare? 🔊

Global conflicts have become increasingly more complex, and often, external nations choose to intervene. However, interventions can often be indirect in the form of proxy actors. Why do states choose to use third parties to intervene in other nation’s civil wars and...
New Zealand Defence Force prepares for cyber threats

New Zealand Defence Force prepares for cyber threats

By Hannah Brown Hannah Brown investigates how the New Zealand Defence Force is looking to combat cyber security threats. Cyber threats are the new front line for our defence forces, according to the government’s new Strategic Defence Policy statement, released in...
Should we ban killer robots?

Should we ban killer robots?

By Bonnie Docherty When drafting a treaty on the laws of war at the end of the 19th century, diplomats could not foresee the future of weapons development. But they did adopt a legal and moral standard for judging new technology not covered by existing treaty...
Is there such a thing as a just war? 🔊

Is there such a thing as a just war? 🔊

When former US President Barack Obama articulated his plan to destroy Islamic State, he was invoking what is known in political philosophy circles as just war theory. However, at the same time, he alluded to the idea that a new conception of just war theory was...