Emerging Issues

Strengthening Resilience against Technological Risks: the Importance and Benefits of Integrating Research and Practice

Share this: This emerging issue examines the importance and associated benefits of better integrating research and practice to increase resilience against technological risks. In the first section, it outlines some common characteristics of technological risks and their implications for our risk governance mechanisms, which are crucial tools of the concept of resilience. In the second […]

Building Increased Resilience against Terrorist Drone Attacks

Share this: Recent Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia This emerging issues article examines the critical need for public and private sector organisations, especially Critical National Infrastructure (CNI), to reconsider current strategic-level thinking on building institutional and operational resilience in response to novel and complex challenges posed by the utilisation of technological innovation for terrorist purposes. […]

Hybrid Threats, Terrorism, and Resilience Planning

Share this: This emerging issues article examines the need to develop more integrated and comprehensive approaches to resilience planning in response to man-made and technological risk, illustrated by hybrid threats and terrorism. The need to rethink how we approach the growing intersections between physical and digital threats to reduce disaster risk and improve resilience have […]

Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS) and Framework Development Challenges

Share this: The Critical need for a Paradigm Shift for the Prevention and Mitigation of Risk This GSDM ‘Emerging Issues’ piece explores a significant, recurring issue of security and disaster risk concern whereby legal frameworks are not keeping pace with technological innovation, with the potential for catastrophic harm especially in a context of inter-connected and […]

Five Key Considerations for Leveraging Data for Better Migration Policies

The effective and appropriate use as well as impact of data is a matter of growing cross-sectoral interest and concern. This emerging issues piece examines such issues in relation to the leverage of data within the humanitarian sector, specifically in the context of migration policies. It explores five key considerations, making a number of recommendations […]

Maritime Crime and the Role of Insurers

Share this: This emerging issues piece highlights the association between marine vessel operations and the facilitation of serious transnational crime, and erosion of human security.  The author highlights gaps in knowledge regarding the possible impact of insurance practices in the perpetuation of undesirable outcomes, highlighting the importance of such data in the formulation of policy.  […]

The Impact of Fake News

Share this: This ‘Emerging Issues’ piece explains the relevance of fake news to the aviation industry, in response to new technologies and participatory communication. Using the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption and the MH370 disaster, it assesses the impact of fake news on trust and resilience, and examines reasons for its initiation and spread. Finally, fake news […]

Artificial Intelligence and ‘Smart Robots’: What’s Next on the Horizon?

Share this: By Dr Migle Laukyte Introduction When we talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, we usually try to strike a balance somewhere between over-optimism—hoping that AI will solve all our problems that we haven’t yet found solutions to, ranging from climate change to traffic congestions in big cities—and fervent pessimism, fearing that AI […]

The 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention at the Gates

Share this: Reflections on the Mental Elements of the Crime of Genocide in the Rome Statute By Dr Victor Tsilonis “At Nuremberg, however, the word simply disappeared, and after the early salvo of the opening days, 130 days of hearings passed with not one mention of genocide.” Phillippe Sands, East West Street: On the Origins of […]

CBRN Terrorism: Is Europe (and Beyond) Adequately Prepared?

Share this: By Dr Silvia Venier This emerging issues briefing discusses the initiatives taken in Europe to protect against terrorist attacks involving the use of chemical, biological and radio-nuclear (CBRN) materials. In recent times, considerable efforts have been devoted to developing technological and operational solutions to prevent and respond to CBRN events, but there are […]

Recent Developments in Ocean Governance: Understanding the Broader Geopolitical Significance of Recently Emerging Maritime Actors

Share this: By Dr Jessica Larsen Issues relating to ocean governance are growing in attention. Ocean governance includes fighting maritime crime, such as piracy and weapons smuggling, as well as managing marine resources, such as countering Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU). Following recent international efforts to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia between […]

Smart Environments for Disaster Management: Technical Innovation and Responsibility

Share this: By Dr Daniel Beech As disaster management evolves to increasingly embrace smart environments, analysis of the connectivity of human and technical actors is somewhat imperative to understanding resilience and vulnerability. Smart environments, defined as ‘ubiquitous and interactive smart systems that are embedded in the physical environment’ (Wolter and Kirsch, 2017, 234), provide scope […]

Closing the ‘Intangible Technology Transfer’ Gap Within the Existing Legal Frameworks: Time For an Additional Protocol(s)?

Share this: The full article, from the Groningen Journal of International Law, is available as a pdf download here Abstract The current terrorism landscape poses increasing, diverse levels of threat, with accompanying complex and challenging counter-terrorism responses, as terrorist groups (TGs) become more global in their reach, creative in their methods, as well as more […]

Trauma-Impacted Evidence and the Assessment of Witness Credibility

Share this: By Dr Ellie Smith Whether it is interpersonal violence committed in the home or mass atrocities perpetrated during conflict, violent crime can engender severe and long-term communities and society more widely (Danieli, 2009).  In this emerging issues research briefing, the author identifies the problems that psychological trauma in victims poses for security forces and judicial bodies in […]

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons 2017

Share this: First Anniversary of the Adoption of the Text of the Treaty By Dr Bahram Ghiassee Seventh of July is the first anniversary of the adoption of the text of the ‘Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’ by the UN General Assembly, on 7 July 2017. The Treaty bans a wide spectrum of […]

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