‘Light Footprint’ Operations Keep US Troops in the Dark

With fewer troops to gather intelligence, American forces are vulnerable to locals’ manipulation.Read more

UN Peacekeeping in Complex Environments: An Interview with Larry Attree and Jordan Street

Saferworld's Larry Attree and Jordan Street discuss their recent report on the lessons learned from UN peace operations in complex environments.Read more

Urban Warfare and International Humanitarian Law

Customary IHL provides important steps forward to ensure the humanitarian conduct of war in urban centres.Read more

Intelligence Sharing: An Interview with James Igoe Walsh

Professor James Igoe Walsh sheds light on the arcane world of intelligence sharing in international politics.Read more

Local Climate Policy-Making in the UK

While local climate policy involves a whole range of organisations that we might not normally consider to be important, central government's approach towards municipalities plays a crucial role in shaping policy.Read more

Global Britain and UK Foreign Policy in Yemen

The killing of 40 children in Yemen by the Saudi Royal Airforce in August 2018 demonstrated the risks that current UK policy towards Saudi Arabia has on the government’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda.Read more

When is the UK at War?

The UK government does not have working definitions of combat or non-combat. This suggests that the decision on whether a mission is combat or non-combat is left in the hands of political decision-makers who may have an incentive to avoid enhanced scrutiny.Read more

The UK Should Learn from the Transgressions of Australian Special Forces

If greater oversight was given to UK Special Forces it would allow the government to institutionalise lessons learned on the causes of transgressions, as the Australians are currently doing.Read more

The UK Government Needs to Learn that Secrecy is Not the Answer to Increased Litigation

Increasing litigation against the UK Ministry of Defence appears to have reduced the British government’s willingness to publicly justify or explain operations abroad – potentially to the detriment of public trust and the government’s own goals of reducing litigation against it.Read more