This article by Abigail Watson was first published on OpenDemocracy on November 21, 2016. The SAS is clearly playing a large, sustained role against ISIS in Syria, so why does the UK government still refuse to comment? More details of Special Air Service (SAS) operations in Syria were revealed last week by a “senior defence […]Read more "The UK’s not-so-secret war in Syria"
By Abigail Watson This article was originally published on War is Boring on September 25, 2016. The United Kingdom must support the United States in its efforts to create an international framework on the export and use of drones. But first, it needs to fix the problems with its own use. In recent weeks, the […]Read more "Great Britain Needs to Figure Out Its Killer Drone Rules"
Tara McCormack is Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester. In this interview, Dr McCormack discusses the British military interventions in Libya, Iraq and Syria, the shift that these interventions mark away from the longstanding Royal Prerogative on war-making and how the use of remote warfare is effecting the democratic oversight of the […]Read more "Interview: Tara McCormack"
Dr. Jon Moran is Reader in Security and the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. He is interested in the role of the state and military and intelligence agencies both domestically and internationally. He has conducted field research with police and security agencies and civil society activists in Western […]Read more "Interview: Jon Moran"
By Andrew Noakes Author’s Note: This article was originally published on openDemocracy on September 22, 2016. In the wake of Chilcot, questions have been raised about the democratic accountability of the process involved in taking this country to war. In the middle of a stormy night on August 4, 1964, a US Navy warship patrolling […]Read more "Does the UK need a ‘War Powers Act’?"
By Abigail Watson Author’s Note: This article was first published on Future Foreign Policy on August 8, 2016. The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means […]Read more "Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare"
By Abigail Watson This article was first published on Think Defence on August 10 2016. As President Barack Obama’s administration releases its once-secret guidance on kill and capture operations against terrorist targets outside areas of active hostilities, the UK must look to improve its own transparency. On Saturday, the Obama administration released a redacted version […]Read more "Terrorist Targets Outside of Active Hostilities – The UK Position?"