Sci-fi nightmares of a robot apocalypse aside, autonomous weapons are a very real threat to humanity. An expert on the weapons explains how the emerging arms race could be humanity’s last.
Like atomic bombs and chemical and biological weapons, deadly drones that make their own decisions must be tightly controlled by an international treaty.
We’re the only species that can throw at speeds that kill.
Metaphors are not used for their own sake in politics, but as part of a strategy to persuade a particular audience to accept a point of view, and act accordingly
Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.
South Africa’s post-apartheid leaders have failed to properly prepare the military for secondary roles such as peacekeeping, let alone to a fight a virus.
It is very hard to stop wars, but we must try.
Wars don’t produce winners and losers – they never really did.
Treating non-violent cyber attacks as warfare could lead to unnecessary escalation.
The biggest problem with using the military to fight rime is that soldiers are not trained for law enforcement, but warfare, using maximum force.
Trump announced ‘hard-hitting’ new sanctions on Iran in response to the attack on a US drone. A peace studies scholar explains why sanctions rarely work.
Political fallout from the Vietnam War gave Congress more power to control foreign affairs, but they have been reluctant to use it.
A recent review found moral injury was experienced by a wide range of people in different professions, including journalists, police, teachers and soldiers.
Leonardo’s professional life reveals his genius for creating technologies of destruction.
Science fiction has made us vigilant of ‘killer robots’ in our midst, but they’re far closer than many of us realise.
Human conflict can bring isolation to environments, which helps the local ecology thrive. After the war has ended, the return of nature is a poignant memorial and symbol of peace.
Scientists studying the atmosphere found help in an unlikely place – the aerial bombing campaigns of World War Two.
PTSD is a relatively modern term, but the symptoms are as old as civilisation itself.
Men have come to dominate military combat but new evidence suggests this might be more an accident than an inevitability of evolution.
Those who speak of the inevitability of war in space will fuel a race to the bottom, and see even more energy towards an arms race in space.