The massive 2003 public campaign against Blair’s attempt to take the UK into war against Iraq demanded a war powers rule in Parliament to ensure that no government could ever again commit the country to war without Parliament’s approval. A decade later, the fight goes on for the ruling.
The engagement of women as suicide
bombers in the Taliban insurgency manifests fresh directions in the approaches
and ideologies of those who are behind it. Counterinsurgency
measures need to pay attention to the factors that drive women and girls to
join the Taliban as suicide bombers, says Massouda Jalal
Why is Denmark involved in Mali? European leaders should clarify when,
why and how to participate in military interventions and warfare abroad. Emerging
security challenges in nearby neighbourhood regions, together with a waning Pax
Americana, are obliging Europe to reconsider its future global role.
The draw down of international troops in Afghanistan was predicated on ISAF building a relationship with Afghan forces to 'hand over' security. 'Green on blue attacks' signal an opposite trend, and one that may intensify as troops leave.
agency engagement with the Taliban will be critical to ensuring they can still
operate after 2014. Research published by ODI explores Taliban attitudes
toward aid work and the approaches used by aid agencies to gain access to
Up in Arms continues to track the figure of the soldier in contemporary
culture as a consequence of NATO’s wars. How does militarism – the belief in
the superiority of military values and methods – shape or perhaps even
challenge gender stereotypes in countries that send troops off to war?
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