ISIS and The Destruction of Material Culture

ISIS’ occupation of Mosul and Nineveh Plains villages in northern Iraq, has displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals from their homes. The Nineveh Plain region is dotted with ancient Assyrian villages, monasteries, churches, and other historically significant sites that speak to a vibrant community that has survived for thousands of years in the area. The […]

Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems- Changing the Environment of Warfare

Sandra Song discusses the two-sided challenge of the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) and its implications for the future of warfare, as an introduction to Canada’s Defence Perspectives 2020-2050: Recapitalization and the Canadian Forces

The Yazidis: Iraq’s Forgotten Victims

This is the third article in the series focusing on the current refugee crisis in the Middle East. Focusing on the Yazidi community of Sinjar is very important in our task to better understand how these communities have been affected by the recent atrocities committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) against […]

Sovereignty Collapsed: Daesh and the Return of Bandit Kings

Eric Morse and Stéfanie von Hlatky explain how ISIS has transformed our common understanding of borders, sovereignty and the international system in just a couple of years.