Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush’s former secretary of defense during the war in Iraq.
The question is no longer how to repel all threats. Instead, it's how can we organise ourselves as a society to remain ourselves in the face of these multiple threats.
Iraqi Army soldiers South of Mosul in November 2016.
Ten years after the publication of two major works about violence, their authors meet to discuss their theories and renew the debate.
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When reporting violence, grammar matters: the use of voice is key to apportioning blame and, importantly, an accurate depiction of what has taken place.
All households have received a leaflet advising them to prepare for crisis or war. But it's not really clear why.
Conflict-affected Yemenis wait to receive charity-provided food rations in Sana'a in April 2018.
Those tasked with sustaining peace must address economic, social and cultural rights to stand any chance of succeeding.
This photo, provided May 10, 2018, by the government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media, shows Israeli missiles in the sky as others hit air defence positions and other military bases in Damascus, Syria.
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Flashy interceptor systems attract media and government attention. But bomb shelters and warning systems are at least as important in the midst of missile strikes.
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There's a disturbing disconnect between the polite etiquette of arms fairs and the hell that their products create.
eSports, which includes online multiplayer games like PUGB, is an industry forecast to reach nearly US$1 billion in revenue by 2019.
PlayerUnknown's Battleground - a multiplayer, fight-to-the-death video game - was the most downloaded game for the first quarter of 2018. It feels like an immersive experience of today’s nightmares.
Afghan journalists light candles to remember the local reporters killed in last week’s Kabul bomb blast.
With few Western journalists remaining in Afghanistan, local reporters are shouldering the burden of covering the conflict - and are increasingly being targeted for it.
Drought conditions can foster conflict but this is rare.
It is misguided to blame armed conflict and violence on climate change alone.
Ben Quilty, Life vest, Lesbos. 2016, oil on polyester, 60 x 50cm.
Australian War Memorial
Essays on Air: can art really make a difference?
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Art has always depicted the crimes of our times throughout centuries of wars and humanitarian crises. Can we really expect it to truly make a difference in the real world?
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To understand how a new world war might play out, it's important to remember just how powerful the US really is.
People in South Korea watch a news program on TV about the meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping in late March. Kim and Xi sought to portray strong ties between the neighbours and long-time allies despite a recent chill.
(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Kim Jong-un's surprise recent visit to Beijing and Xi Jinping was an awkward get-together that didn't address the elephant in the room -- Kim's possible face-to-face meeting soon with Donald Trump.
Still from Human Flow, directed by Ai Weiwei.
Artists have long tackled global issues, from war to human rights. While Picasso's celebrated Guernica may not have stopped the Spanish Civil War (or any war), art still holds value, as witness and as truth teller.
Coalition forces are careful about how they report civilian deaths. And we think war is painless, as a result.
Members of the Iraqi police forces sit outside a building in the city of Fallujah on June 30, 2016 after they’ve recaptured the city from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists.
Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
Child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Whether as soldiers, suicide bombers or human shields, children are an increasingly common sight on the battlefield.
Is Donald Trump really the one setting the direction of US security policy?
Mounting evidence suggests we are so mesmerised by the theatre around Donald Trump that we have lost sight of how the US security establishment wields power.
An Afghanistan national police officer helps a U.S. Army lieutenant, June 14, 2007. Can honour be restored in today’s international conflicts?
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Nothing displays the ethical superiority of one’s values better than to treat a foe with the respect due another human being.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.