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Streets are flooded in Kherson, Ukraine, after the Kakhovka dam was destroyed. While the war in Ukraine is largely conventional, the use of paramilitary forces by both sides could escalate hostilities in the months to come. (AP Photo/Libkos)

Paramilitaries in the Russia-Ukraine war could escalate and expand the conflict

Both Russia and Ukraine are using paramilitary forces in their enduring conflict. But employing such forces poses serious risks for both countries.
Dutch defence minister, Ank Bijleveld, and air force colonel Peter Tankink briefing journalists about a raid on an car factory in Hawija in November 2015 in which more than 70 civilians were killed. EPA-EFE/Lex van Lieshout

Collateral damage: crushing the myths of accuracy and accountability in modern warfare

Western militaries all too often try to hide the fact of civilian casualties as they spoil the popular narrative of a “clean” war.
Unlawful killing: the UN condemned the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in 2020. EPA-EFE/ Abedin Taherkenareh

Guns, drones and poison: the new age of assassination

States are increasingly using assassination to guard against the twin threats of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Iranian worshippers attend a mourning prayer for slain Iranian Revolutionary Guards Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iran’s capital, Tehran, on Jan. 3, 2020. ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images

With the US and Iran on the brink of war, the dangers of Trump’s policy of going it alone become clear

President Trump’s Iran policy took a dramatic turn when the US killed Iran’s top military commander in a drone strike. To avoid war, one foreign policy scholar says Trump has to reverse his stance.

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