Conflict Avoidance

CERL – Journalistic Ethics and the National Security State: Transparency and the Rule of Law in Democratic Societies – 9-11 November 2017

https://www.law.upenn.edu/newsevents/calendar.php#!event_id/54742/view/event Democratic governance depends on an engaged and educated public, to which transparency and access to accurate information are essential. At the same time, effective national security has always relied on secrecy and the ability control sensitive information. Journalists and the public at large all understand that there is a…


SEALS – WORKSHOP ON INTERNATIONAL & COMPARATIVE LAW – 05 August 2017- Crises of Nonintervention: The Gordian Knot of PRK and the Gushing Wound of Syria

http://sealslawschools.org/ Crises of Nonintervention: The Gordian Knot of PRK and the Gushing Wound of Syria, 1:00-2:45 pm Moderator: Professor Hannibal Travis, Florida International University College of Law Speakers: Professor Margaret deGuzman, Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law; Professor Kevin Govern, Ave Maria School of Law; Professor Mark David Maxwell, University of North Carolina…


CERL Presents: Foreign Interference with Democratic Institutions featuring the 2017 Haaga Lecture – 18 April 2017

This event will be webcast beginning at 12:30pm ET on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Please click here to watch the live stream at that time: https://pennlaw.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Embed.aspx?id=e2128eb1-0b5b-4022-beac-3814d7edf130 https://www.law.upenn.edu/institutes/cerl/conferences/foreigninterference/ The discovery of widespread attempts to influence the 2016 Presidential election in the U.S. on the part of the Russians has sent shockwaves…


Just Security – What Do Top Legal Experts Say About the Syria Strikes? – 7 April 2017

https://www.justsecurity.org/39712/top-legal-experts-syria-strikes/ “[Just Security] asked several of the very top legal minds about their views concerning Thursday night’s airstrikes by the United States in response to the Syrian government’s reported use of chemical weapons.  [They] have provided their verbatim responses … and will be adding more.” and for a brief video (albeit…


MWI – CONCRETE BARRIERS: A FALSE COUNTERINSURGENCY IDOL – 23 March 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/concrete-barriers-false-counterinsurgency-idol/ “In his MWI article, ‘The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield is Concrete,’ Maj. John Spencer argues that ‘concrete contributed to reducing the complexity of the urban environment, served as a major tool in establishing stability, and functioned as a powerful weapon against enemies using safe havens within…


MWI – “WHAT AN ARMY MEGACITIES UNIT WOULD LOOK LIKE” – 7 March 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/army-megacities-unit-look-like/ “MWI’s Maj. John Spencer writes another thought provoking piece on the Army preparing for military operations in a megacity.” See also: IT’S TIME TO CREATE A MEGACITIES COMBAT UNIT By John Spencer http://mwi.usma.edu/time-create-megacities-combat-unit/ And also: Urban Warfare: Army, Marine Corps Prepare to Fight in Megacities November 2016 By Yasmin Tadjdeh…


MWI – “WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? THE UNFORTUNATE OMISSION IN THE ARMY’S COIN DOCTRINE” – 7 March 2017

http://www.mwi.usma.edu/women-unfortunate-omission-armys-coin-doctrine/ Where Are the Women? The Unfortunate Omission in the Army’s COIN Doctrine. “Megan Anderson provides a thought provoking analysis of the Army’s counterinsurgency doctrine.” And see: FM 3-24 Counterinsurgency http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/Repository/Materials/COIN-FM3-24.pdf See also earlier examinations from other authors: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/477665/pdf Counterinsurgency and Gender: The Case of the Female Engagement Teams http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/11096/1/Khalili_-_Gendered_Practcies_of_Counterinsurgency.pdf…



MWI – THE RUSSIAN–UKRAINIAN WAR: UNDERSTANDING THE DUST CLOUDS ON THE BATTLEFIELD – 17 January 2017

http://mwi.usma.edu/russian-ukrainian-war-understanding-dust-clouds-battlefield/ Amos C. Fox | January 17, 2017 | Commentary & Analysis “Russian aggression in Ukraine has been interpreted as the harbinger of a new era of warfare, one in which cyber threats, hybrid tactics, and gray-zone operations are ascendant. But there are lessons to be learned in the conventional…


Lawfare – Terrorists, Insurgents, Something Else? Clarifying and Classifying the “Generational Challenge” – 15 January 2017

https://www.lawfareblog.com/terrorists-insurgents-something-else-clarifying-and-classifying-generational-challenge “Our hope is that our taxonomy of VNSAs (Violent Non State Actors) can help analysts and scholars to better conceptualize the range of VNSA types and the relationships among them. They are too often lumped together as “terrorist” groups, but as this spectrum makes clear, doing so oversimplifies the…