Gender and Civilian Targeting

Stories about civilians dying in war and conflict are all over our newsfeeds. Many of those civilian deaths are narrated as ‘accidental’ – examples include airstrikes that missed their military targets, contaminations of civilian water supplies, or starvation. Others include situations where civilians are willfully targeted – examples include conflict sexual violence, ethnic cleansing, or …

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The Indian ASAT Test and Space Security

Co-authored by Adam Bower and Ryder McKeown On 27 March 2019, India announced that it had destroyed one of its satellites in low earth orbit with a ground-based interceptor missile. With this operation—known as Mission Shakti—India entered an exclusive club, becoming only the fourth state after China, the United States, and Russia to publicly demonstrate …

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Mission accomplished? Identifying the end of terrorist campaigns

On December 19, 2018, US President Donald Trump announced victory over the most challenging terrorist threat in recent years, through tweeting: ‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency’. This proclamation caught institutional and allied actors off guard, and was accompanied by a Trumpian demand of an …

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