Weekly IHL Update

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Monday, January 5, 2014

In the News

After the UN Security Council denied the bid for statehood, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed papers to join the International Criminal Court (ICC). Accession to the ICC, however, may lead to political ramifications and does not guarantee that the court will investigate potential war crimes committed during the conflict in Gaza Strip this past summer.

As the fight against Islamic State (IS) continues, Iraqi forces recaptured the town of Dhuluiya just north of Baghdad—a significant victory in the effort to push IS away from the capital. But winning the fight against IS may require more than military victories; the United States is working with non-traditional partners to understand how to fight the ideology driving this militant organization.

Around the Web

The Changing Nature of Armed Conflict. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) released a video discussing armed conflict in the world today and how the challenging environment around the world impacts the delivery of effective humanitarian aid.

What is Going on With the LRA? An interview with a field researcher based in Kampala examined the current activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), shared stories of former LRA members and their escape, and explained existing challenges to capturing the infamous leader, Joseph Kony, and eliminating the threat of the LRA in the region.

On the Blog

Year in Review. So much happened this past year that we decided to recap some of the major developments in armed conflict around the globe. In fact, so much happened that we split our review into separate posts! Last week we focused on what happened with Islamic State, Ukraine, and new weapons technology in 2014. Check back later this week for our post on Boko Haram, the Gaza Strip, and Yemen.

Humanity in the Midst of War. While many of our posts focus on the tragedies of warfare, we always want to make sure we stay true to the title of our blog. The Christmas Truce of 1914, for instance, is a significant example of humanity in the midst of war.

We Appreciate Your Feedback. In the New Year we plan on incorporating more posts on private military contractors as well as cyber warfare. Is there anything else you would like to see more of on our blog? Let us know in the comments below!

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