Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

 

This means war? The securitization of Covid19

December 9th 2020,  Webinar.

Hosted by New York University SPS Center for Global Affairs and Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy

The recently released Inspector‐General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry Report (known as the Brereton Report) catalogs a shocking array of serious misdeeds alleged to have been committed by members of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment between 2005 and 2016 while they were operating in Afghanistan. In the words of the Inspector-General, the document “discloses allegations of 39 unlawful killings by or involving ADF members. The Report also discloses separate allegations that ADF members cruelly treated persons under their control. None of these alleged crimes was committed during the heat of battle. The alleged victims were noncombatants or no longer combatants.”

If proven to be true, these allegations amount to war crimes. As such, they have already raised a number of questions in Australia and around the world: How should militaries, especially Special Operations Forces (SOF) act in war? Is this a matter of ‘a few bad apples’ or does it point to a wider problem? Who is responsible and how should that accountability be enforced? How do issues like race and gender factor into these kinds of incidents?

We have assembled a panel of experts who specialize in the ethics and ethics of war, as well as the relations between the armed forces, the state, and society to discuss these matters.

Moderator:

Dr. Christopher Ankersen, NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs

Panelists:

Dr. H. Christian Breede, Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s University (Canada)

Dr. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, United States Naval War College, author of The Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare: Achilles Goes Asymmetrical

Dr. Jessica Wolfendale, Marquette University, co-author of War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame

Hosted by New York University SPS Center for Global Affairs and Queen’s University Centre for International and Defence Policy

 


 

 

 

 

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