31 Mar '16, 10am

The Strategic Civilian: Challenges for Non-Combatants in 21st Century Warfare

International organizations like the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (ICRC) have long been present in warfare, their only protection being their independence, impartiality and neutrality. For those military personnel who argue that it is not possible to be neutral in a war, they should remember that it is the ICRC who often alone is able to provide humanitarian assistance to combatants and non-combatants when states are unable to do so. Voluntary non-government organizations and humanitarian relief organizations are present in civil communities before, during and after conflict. They are there because they meet the needs of the situation. They provide leadership and subject-matter expertise. Host nations will have functioning governments, local governments or even just tribal authorities operating during different phases of a conflict. These too a...

Full article: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-strategic-civili...

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China's two big challenges

China's two big challenges

eastasiaforum.org 28 Mar '16, 1am

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum Asia’s — and China’s — path to prosperity is not going to be easy. China’s neighbours in ...