Drones blur the lines between civilian and combatant, allowing military forces to manage populations through surveillance and control via the threat or actualization of violence, and fuel new arms races. Israel’s history also instructs us that we will see yet more uses of this deadly weapon. For this reason, the use of drone technology must be heavily and consistently critiqued, regardless of which state deploys it.

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It is difficult to imagine how the lives of Viktor Bout and Brittany Griner could become entwined under any circumstances other than what actually happened. On December 8, 2022, the U.S. and Russia traded Bout and Griner in a prisoner swap at an airport in Abu Dhabi.

Against the backdrop of the Russian invasion […]

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I have worked on advocacy for the rights of incarcerated people in multiple states; however, I am new to this work in Massachusetts. Massachusetts has a comparatively lower incarceration rate, but this does not mean mass incarceration is less harmful for the people subjected to it. What stands out in this state is the tenacity […]

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Aditya Sarkar & Alex de Waal

Ethiopia and Sudan share a common border, the Blue Nile, and political and economic challenges ranging from separatism to chronic food insecurity. Both states nearly collapsed at the cusp of the 1990s. Yet they are rarely compared in academic or policy literature — despite a thought-provoking contrast in their […]

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On November 4th, 2020, the Ethiopian government and its allies launched a full-blown offensive, which marked a key event in unleashing of genocide on Tigray. These allies include armies from the neighboring states of Eritrea, regional forces, and militias from across Ethiopia, primarily the neighboring Amhara region, and have been bolstered by weaponry obtained from […]

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There has been much discussion over the last two weeks of imminent African Union peace talks aimed at ending the war in Tigray, followed by reports of the talks’ postponement supposedly for reasons of logistical problems. In fact, the AU did not have a plan for serious peace talks. Hand-in-glove with the Federal Government […]

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