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SA university to look at modern warfare

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Legal issues surrounding modern warfare will form the basis of a new research unit being planned for the University of Adelaide.

Experts in digital technology, international law, armed conflict, human rights and national security will inform the unit, based in the university’s school of law.

‘There are more legal and ethical issues facing the military and security forces, and the broader community, today than in any other time in history,’ Associate Professor Dale Stephens said.

‘The ever-changing nature of technology is a major challenge, with the advent of cyber warfare, developments in nanotechnology, autonomous and unmanned weapons, just to name a few.’

Prof Stephens said counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations also pose unique legal and ethical considerations.

‘Just because it may be lawful to kill an enemy doesn’t necessarily mean that is the best strategy for a long-term outcome in a conflict,’ he said.


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  1. Since the advent of the Internet and the mobile phone technology, sparse and isolated communities throughout the world are now viewing social behaviour in other countries.
    This is a direct result of increase refugee numbers flooding countries that have a democratic society and not a dictatorial government.
    Modern warfare needs to associate the ramifications of people that are requiring asylum due to being targeted by nations that feel it is in the best interest of government assistance to create peace.
    Where in the Middle East has the coalition countries created peace? What a mess and all this is to be part of our newest technology… see what a brighter future countries like Australia has to offer.
    The quicker the researchers realize that the answer is not war and less technology to create war, the greater the stability of this planet to create peace and to remain within your birthright country.


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