The use of private security companies to combat piracy has led to a rise in the practice of converting vessels for the purposes of weapons storage. But these ‘floating armouries’ raise a number of concerns over security, oversight and transparency.
A spate of violence against women in the eastern DRC shows that there is still a long way to go on effective implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 14 years after its adoption.
Toxic remnants of war and their legacy of civilian harm is seriously under-explored as an area of conflict. There is a growing consensus that the current legal framework governing conflict and the environment is not fit for purpose – so how could new international norms that merge environmental protection with civilian protection come into effect?