The new normal.
The idea that the use of force should be a last resort is at the core of the world's security balance – and it's being trashed.
It’s not looking good.
This has been a remarkably violent year – and many of the worst threats to human security are no less a problem than they were a year ago.
If only Desmond Tutu were here…
Return of the Jedi saw Emperor Palpatine's regime brought crashing down – but the hard peace-building work to save the galaxy from a relapse was clearly never done.
Scientists need to get comfortable with dealing with people and their feelings.
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Scientists need to be comfortable dealing with subjective views, rather than empirical data, and people's feelings to make progress in addressing climate change.
A hijacked car burns in East Belfast December 8, 2012.
Many antropologists believe that conflict drove the evolution of altruism in humans. But research shows that quite the opposite is true.
Some breathing space for the armed forces.
Budgets were decimated in 2010, but the latest Strategic Defence and Security Review seeks to make amends.
Violence has become a normal part of life in Somalia and some other countries.
A growing field of policy analysis now focuses on reducing armed violence. Remarkable consensus has emerged at high policy levels around the basic elements of an approach to reduce violence.
Police open fire with rubber bullets on protesting university students in Pretoria, South Africa.
South African students have won a pyrrhic victory in their battle for free university education. Will students and their institutions ever be able to interact without violent conflict again?
Jockeying for power in the rap world: earlier this summer Drake and Meek Mill traded barbs.
Drake (on left): Steve Marcus/Reuters; Meek Mill: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters
Taking a lyrical swing at another rapper is part and parcel of the genre. So why the profound backlash when Meek Mill accused Drake of not writing his own lyrics?
When buildings began to rise from the ruins and the rubble, the planners missed an opportunity to create a better society.
Reconciliation by Josefina de Vasconcellos at Coventry Cathedral, first conceived in the aftermath of the war.
Despite big hopes for rebuilding Coventry's manufacturing heart after the Blitz, the tale of Hillfields became one of sad decline.
People in the Ruaha landscape lose their livestock as a result of predator attacks.
Human and wildlife conflict in Tanzania's Ruaha region is extremely tense. There are many projects underway to alleviate this tension.
South Africa has seen an upsurge in protests recently, but can it really be said to be less peaceful than dictatorships such as Equatorial Guinea and Gambia?
Indexes such as the Global Peace Index are used by a wide variety of players to make decisions ranging from investments to providing other support. But do they deserve this level of credibility?
Some things belong in the past.
Symbols matter – and there's no stronger symbol than a flag in a post-conflict society.
Labour’s defence policy might sound good, but it’s mainly empty rhetoric.
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On defence, the Labour manifesto is full of fine words, but lacking in substance.
A war footing for business?
The turmoil of 2014 was a timely reminder to businesses that they need to be prepared and have contingency plans for global conflict. The crisis in Ukraine brought Russia and the West to the brink of military…
The Security Council votes unanimously for Resolution 2185, the first ever devoted to UN policing as an integral part of the mandates of peacekeeping operations and political missions.
UN Photo/Yubi Hoffmann
As UN Security Council president for November, Australia’s major initiative was to promote the centrality of civilian policing in UN peace operations. Noting Australia’s experiences with police peacekeeping…
Three Australian IS fighters may have been killed in the last month, including Mohammad Ali Baryalei.
Estimates are that there are more than 60 Australian citizens in the ranks of the Islamic State (IS) armies sweeping through Syria and Iraq. In a recent case, reported by the Sydney Morning Herald last…
Crowding in refugee and internal displacement camps create conditions ripe for disease transmission.
Conflict continues to afflict the globe at a seemingly undiminished rate. The world’s attention is focused on Syria and Iraq in an escalating conflict that has resulted in about three million refugees…
You don’t even need a match to burn a digital book.
Not all violence in war and conflict is simply strategic. And not all the destruction that takes place is a consequence of territorial or geopolitical objectives. Taking over the next village, blocking…