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Marco Sassòli
Saturday, 2 March 2013
Autonomous weapons are able to decide whether, against whom, and how to apply deadly force based on a pre-established computer program. “Intelligent weapons”, in addition, may even be able to learn from past experience. These weapons do not base the use of force on ad hoc human decisions. I argue...
Kate Sutton
Friday, 1 February 2013
This is not an article about gender – it is an article about women. We know that women and girls are affected by disasters and conflict differently from men and boys, and that despite this knowledge humanitarian responses frequently fail to consider their needs in assessments and programming. We...
Elie Abouaoun
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Syria has been in turmoil since early 2011. However, the escalation witnessed in the last weeks indicates a change in the nature of the military actions, with considerable and overt implications for civilians. Not only is the geographical area affected by the conflict larger now, but also more...
Louise Searle
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
When I was a student nurse in the early 1990s, we had a joke about the path to competence when performing clinical procedures – ‘see one, do one, teach one’. Like many jokes, the aspect that made it simultaneously funny and appalling was that it contained a strong element of truth...