Unpaid volunteers are negotiating with Islamic State and facing military attacks as they try to save Syria's ancient cities.
Cyber weapons are allowing states to attack each other without fear of retaliation. The consequences potentially are devastating.
Horse poo clues point the way.
Microbes reveal that the great Carthagian general Hannibal may have taken a surprisingly difficult route to get to Italy.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo enters the court room of the ICC.
Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo has been convicted for crimes of sexual violence during war in the Central African Republic. It's a significant case, but not the historic victory it's been hailed as.
An eye in the sky from the movie of the same name – the reality of drone warfare.
The moral and ethical dilemmas of future warfare are depicted in this tight British thriller. But what will happen when humans become more removed from the weapons of war?
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One.
Courtesy of University of Melbourne Archives, University of Melbourne.
When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
Just over 10% of those who served in Afghanistan now have an accepted war-related disability.
If past wars are a guide, the toll of disability will continue to rise for many decades to come.
Cyberwarfare is a threat that is anonymous, hard to trace and hard to defend against.
Keyboard image via shutterstock.com
The openness of the Internet gives an advantage to attackers – but what constitutes an act of war in the electronic world?
Cine Petro Atletica, once Huambo’s finest cinema, was destroyed during fierce fighting in Angola’s bloody civil war.
Reuters/John Chiahemen MH/WS
Apartheid South Africa started a war in which it could not maintain a strategic advantage. It misread the quest for national liberation and international opinion that undermined its effectiveness.
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.
Who gets to fire the gun? Man or AI-powered machine?
When it comes to weapons with artificial intelligence, there's an argument for keeping a human in charge of some of the action.
Donald Trump speaks at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach.
Insults are tossed about in an election year but the word "demagogue" has a particular bite. But what is a demagogue and how do the 2016 candidates compare with demagogues in history?
Australia’s current military involvement in the Middle East has not been properly scrutinised by parliament.
Across the world, debates have emerged around the extent to which the legislative branch should be involved in – and even have the final say on – authorisation of military deployment.
French prime minister Manuel Valls talking with the president, Francois Hollande.
EPA/Stephane De Sakutin
Conflict is normally governed by rules and regulations but France is taking on an enemy that disregards them all.
Keith Murdoch (right) with Prime Minister Billy Hughes during the first world war.
Tom D.C. Roberts has crafted a book full of remarkable insights into a central figure in Australian corporate and political history, a figure hitherto enveloped in family mythology: Keith Murdoch.
As President Barack Obama extends America’s military presence in Afghanistan, Australia is determining what’s next for its military role.
After 14 years of continued military presence and a decision by President Obama to keep US forces in Afghanistan, what is the next step for Australia's role in the Afghanistan war?
Thinking about Australia’s war experience in comparison with others will soften some of the hyperbole surrounding Anzac.
Armistice Day provides a moment to reflect on Australia’s self-identity in comparison to other nations that experienced the first world war and commemorate it to this day.
In 1991 Iraq forces set fire to Kuwait oil fields.
By Jonas Jordan, United States Army Corps of Engineers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Acts perpetrated during the course of warfare have, through the ages, led to significant environmental destruction.
To many Americans, it feels as if the world is becoming a more violent place. Besieged nightly with video of conflicts across the Afghanistan, Nigeria, the Middle East and Ukraine, it would be easy to…
There's an issue of impunity around sexual violence in conflict zones. Here's how science could help us solve it.