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Thinking through ‘Lethal Aid’

With Britain, the U.S and other NATO countries sending weapons to Ukraine following Russia's brutal invasion we took a step back to analyse the implications of lethal aid.

Location vs Doctrine: hybrid warfare and the grey zone

The Russian invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the violence of kinetic warfare but it has also highlighted the West's longer term view of Vladimir Putin as an adversary who operates in the so-called grey-zone between peace and all-out conflict.

Pushback? How Britain is militarising the Channel

With the military set to become more involved in intercepting boats in the English Channel we examine the support the armed forces were already providing Border Force and critique the wider process of militarisation this represents.

Soldiers of the Future?

The British Army calls the Future Soldier programme its most “radical transformation in two decades”. We take a look at key documents announcing the plans and ask crucial questions of the proposals.

War & memory

ForcesWatch podcast series 3

Series Three of the Warrior Nation podcast explores the role memory plays in the experience and remembrance of war. In each episode we will unpick the multifarious ways conflict is etched onto the collective and individual psyche, and the role played by the armed forces and government in the process.

A new film about recent militarism and the battle for the hearts and minds of young people in the UK. The film follows the stories of Ben Griffin, former SAS soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK, and Quaker activist Sam Walton, and features the work of ForcesWatch and partner organisations.

See here for screenings and how to organise one. See war.school.

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December 2021: War and memory: culture

In the final episode of series 3, Joe Glenton speaks with Essex University historian Lucy Noakes and Chicago-based artist Michael Rakowitz on the creation of cultural memories around war and conflict.

See details of all episodes.

Should the armed forces encourage young people to interact with weapons and military vehicles?  We explore why this is happening and how can it be challenged?

Doctors of the World are not the only ones to highlight the horrors at Napier. As the Guardian piece below notes, the @APPGDetention - chaired by the SNP's @alisonthewliss - visited the barracks in February and released findings earlier this month.

https://appgdetention.org.uk/napier-barracks-visit-report-published/

As @NicolaKelly writes in the Guardian today, a new report from @DOTW_UK describes horrendous conditions faced by refugees at Napier detention centre - an ex-military base in Folkestone, Kent. Why does the @ukhomeoffice see this as a successful model?

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/apr/27/unsafe-uk-accommodation-threatens-asylum-seeker-health-doctors-of-the-world-report

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