Creating barriers to justice

We take a look at the extensive criticism that the controversial Overseas Operations Bill is gathering as it makes its way through Parliament and how, without serious challenge, this self interested legislation will create barriers to justice...

The Overseas Operations Bill: A Tale Of Two Militarisms? 

The Labour party is finally engaging with a bill that could rewrite the law around prosecutions for actions in war and the derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to overseas operations.

The UK military admits it has a racism problem, but can it be decolonised?

Without the political will to face our colonial past and abandon the violent obligations of a junior partnership with the US, decolonising our military seems unlikely, writes Joe Glenton for Ceasefire magazine.

High ideals: VE Day, Covid and an anti-militarist future

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we reflect on what happened to the ideas and hopes that flourished after the Second World War, and what we can learn from this for a post-COVID world. This article was first published...

Mobilising the crisis: Covid-19 and the UK military

Recorded on 10 June 2020.

Leading critical military studies academics discuss the role and operation of the UK military in the COVID-19 crisis and, in the light of the #BlackLivesMatter protests, how militarism intersects with racism and public control at home and abroad.


Professor Vron Ware of Kingston University, author of ‘Military Migrants: Fighting for YOUR country’

Dr Victoria Basham of Cardiff University, editor-in-chief of the Critical Military Studies journal

Professor Paul Dixon of Birkbeck University, editor of ‘The British approach to Counterinsurgency: From Malaya and Northern Ireland to Iraq and Afghanistan.’

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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The Warrior Nation podcast


The second series of our Warrior Nation podcast starts with 'What's wrong with Armed Forces Day?'

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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?

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The UK government has shown what militarism prioritises - funding war over #freeschoolmeals #childpoverty #publicsectorpay. Jostling for power instead of serving basic needs.

£16.5 billion extra for UK Military in the midst of #COVID19UK, economic and climate crises is a deeply damaging and worrying decision. A new arms race does not make us safe. #UKDefundWar

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