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The global conflict paradigm shift of the advent of autonomous loitering munitions

by Luke Hally The utilisation of loitering munitions has become an ever foreboding element to the application of contemporary conventional conflicts. The pertinency of its assessment is called into question in their application and end-use in the field of warfare, being an innovative and ever recent technology. The ethical usage and implication within the means of war have yet to be scrutinised to the full degree of pragmatic conventional policy-making, as with the application and regulation of cluster munitions. Beyond the policy aspects of global consensus on their usage remains…

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Political Conflicts in 2019: Persistent continuation and surprising dynamics

by Mayely Müller and Michael Hebeisen

First published by Friedensakademie Rheinland-Pfalz

Observing political conflicts and tracing their dynamics is a complex undertaking, which requires a multilayered approach and long-term engagement. The annually published Conflict Barometer is taking up this challenge. For 2019, 358 political conflicts were recorded. The following blog article presents these recent findings and discusses how the current COVID-19 pandemic could affect the global conflict landscape.

The annual Conflict Barometer, a report published by the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK), is dedicated to the documentation of political conflicts worldwide. This entails the in-depth analysis of violent and non-violent conflicts in all world regions. By observing the dynamics of escalation, de-escalation, and resolution of conflicts on an annual basis, the Heidelberg approach makes conflict dynamics traceable and comparable in the long term. The continuous collection of data serves as a basis for the work and research of policymakers, NGOs, IOs, and scholars. HIIK focuses on the observation of conflicts rather than on root cause analyses. Moreover, it provides a global overview of certain dynamics, such as worldwide demonstrations in 2019.

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