THE PHANTOM MENACE: THE CHANGING ROLE OF CIVILIANS IN INTERNATIONAL ARMED CONFLICTS

  In February 2014, heavily armed, professional, and anonymous ‘little green men’ appeared in Crimea. On 4 March 2014, President Putin of the Russian Federation was asked if these men were Russian soldiers; his reply was that “[t]hose were local self-defense units,” whilst later admitting these were Russian military forces. In August 2014, the NATO […]

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF TECH REVIEWS: THE FUTURE OF WEAPONS TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

On July 3 1988, somewhere in the Persian Gulf, there is an exchange of fire between Iranian Revolutionary Guard gun-boats and the guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes. Expecting a retaliatory attack, Vincennes’ crew are on high alert. Aegis, Vincennes’ on-board, state-of-the-art, automated weapons system, detects an F-14A Tomcat Fighter flying over nearby Iranian airspace. It […]

War and peace: medicine on the frontline

If you had developed gangrene from a battlefield injury in 1840, the military surgeon you would want performing your amputation would be Robert Liston. He could fully amputate a leg in less than three minutes, a huge relief considering the usual ten-minute operation time. However his speed came at a cost. One of his operations […]