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The New Era of the Proliferated Proxy War

The Strategy Bridge Andrew Mumford     November 16, 2017 War in the modern world is changing. Since the end of the Cold War inter-state war has declined globally, whilst even civil wars have become a relative rarity. But war is not becoming an obsolete element of human interaction.[1] Governments and militaries around the world are simply changing the way that their strategic objectives are secured. An approximate 50% reduction in major inter- and intra-state conflicts between 1990 and 2010 belies a significant shift in global attitudes to war.[2] A heightened perception of risk, greater restrictions on military expenditure as a result of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, and a greater public aversion (in the West at least) to conventional confrontation has led to an accentuated appeal for national security goals and defence priorities being attained by other means. This is the era of indirect war by proxy. Concerns over the increased recourse to proxy war are currently pre

The New Era of the Proliferated Proxy War

The Strategy Bridge Andrew Mumford     November 16, 2017 War in the modern world is changing. Since the end of the Cold War inter-state war has declined globally, whilst even civil wars have become a relative rarity. But war is not becoming an obsolete element of human interaction.[1] Governments and militaries around the world are simply changing the way that their strategic objectives are secured. An approximate 50% reduction in major inter- and intra-state conflicts between 1990 and 2010 belies a significant shift in global attitudes to war.[2] A heightened perception of risk, greater restrictions on military expenditure as a result of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, and a greater public aversion (in the West at least) to conventional confrontation has led to an accentuated appeal for national security goals and defence priorities being attained by other means. This is the era of indirect war by proxy. Concerns over the increased recourse to proxy war are currently pre

Autonomous Weapons: Man’s Best Friend

Matthew Hipple     December 9, 2017 The Strategy Bridge This essay is part of the  #W arBots  series, which asked a group of academics and national security professionals to provide their thoughts on the confluence of automation and unmanned technologies and their impact in the conduct of war. We hope this launches a debate that may one day shape policy. “Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.” As early as 1599, Shakespeare’s turn of phrase for Anthony in his play  Julius Caesar  tacitly acknowledged a 200-year-old human acceptance of autonomous war machines. What is a militarily employed dog other than, as autonomous weapons are defined by  DOD Directive 3000.09 , “a weapon system that, once activated, can select and engage targets without further intervention by a human operator.” As modern-day ethicists agonize over the autonomy’s ascendance, they ignore 2,600 years of wartime employment of autonomous, self-replicating killing machines that are by popular opinion still our b

Open letter to Pervez Musharraf

https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ChanakyaCode/an-open-letter-to--pervez-musharraf/ December 4, 2017, 2:00 PM IST  SD Pradhan  in  Chanakya  Code   |   World   |  TOI       Dear General Musharraf, Please accept my congratulations on your becoming the Chairman of ‘the grand alliance of 23 parties’ that you have formed recently, revealing your political ambitions. I also wish to convey my sincere thanks to you for confessing your close links with Hafiz Sayeed, Lashkar–e Taiba (LeT)/ Jammat ud-Dawa (JuD) terrorist outfits operating from Pakistan during a TV discussion on ARY News programme-11th Hour. This is what the Indian security establishment had learnt long ago. I was most gratified with this statement as it confirmed my assessment about you made at the time of your taking over as the Chief of the Pakistan Army.  I was certain about your masked political ambitions and your nexus with the terrorist outfits. Actually the same thing you had stated earlier in your intervie

Balochistan: Naela Quadri Baloch demands release of all Baloch women, children from 'Pakistan's torture cells'

*WBWF demands release of all Baloch women, children from 'Pakistan's torture cells' * ANI | Updated: Dec 08, 2017 21:46IST Vancouver [Canada], December 8 (ANI): The World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF) has condemned the abduction of Baloch leader Allah Nazar's sister Noor Khatoon and demanded immediate release of all Baloch women and children from Pakistan's torture cells. "We have learnt that Baloch leader Dr Allah Nazar's sister Noor Khatoon was arrested and taken away by Pakistani security forces, whereas his cousin Sahib Dad was killed and dumped. Dr Nazar's wife and children were also arrested by Pakistani forces last month. They were later released with much fanfare after mounting pressure from Baloch groups. This is not the story of Nazar's family alone. It has been the story of every Baloch family since 1948," said Prof Naela Quadri Baloch, head of WBWF, in a statement. She added that systematic discrimination, dehumanisation, persecutio

International experts support Baloch activist's call for designating Musharraf as global terrorist

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/international-experts-support-baloch-activists-call-for-designating-musharraf-as-global-terrorist/1202416 THE NEWS SCROLL03 DECEMBER 2017  Last Updated at 10:38 PM International experts support Baloch activist's call for designating Musharraf as global terrorist New Delhi [India], Dec 4 : International experts have come out in support of Prof Naela Quadri Baloch, head of the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), who had urged the United States to designate former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). A German activist and supporter of the Baloch cause, Claudia Heidelberg, told she supported Prof. Quadri Baloch. "I join Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch in requesting the US to designate Pervez Musharraf as a global terrorist, after coming out openly in media that he supports labeled terrorist organisations by UN Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD)," Heidelber