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Drones, Autonomy and Drone swarms: Myths and Reality about Autonomy (Part 1)

6th September 2020

Drones no longer represent a novelty in the field of threat, risk and vulnerability management: indeed, drones have been used both as a cause and as a solution to these challenges.  Many examples abound: drone disruption to London Gatwick airport between 19 and 21 December 2018 caused the airport to close for over 33 hours […]

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Extending the U.N. Security Council Arms Embargo against Iran – Will the U.S. Initiative Succeed?

11th August 2020

The international community is commemorating the 5th anniversary of the U.N. Security Council Resolution 2231, adopted unanimously on 20 July 2015. It was adopted with a view to (i) Lifting the previous seven nuclear-related and missiles-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the Security Council; (ii) Approving the Iran Nuclear Accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive […]

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The Tenth Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Treaty

8th June 2020

The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which entered into force in 1970, is hailed as the cornerstone of the international nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament regime. To date,191 States have joined the Treaty thus achieving near universality. For the past 50 years, the NPT has been successful in containing the spread of nuclear […]

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Bridging Cybersecurity and Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR Working Paper

Bridging Cybersecurity and Disaster Risk Reduction: UNDRR Working Paper

29th April 2020

This working paper sets out some key reflections and recommendations on challenges and opportunities associated with bridging cybersecurity and disaster risk reduction aimed at assisting organizations to become more resilient in a rapidly evolving threat and risk landscape. Insights shared here are expected to be of relevance and interest to partners locally, nationally and internationally. […]

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Responsibility, Challenges and Decision-Making in the Aviation Industry: Ten Years on from Eyjafjallajökull

3rd April 2020

As we remember the 10th anniversary of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland, which began on 14 April 2010 and led to immense disruption (Donovan, 2012; Alexander, 2013; Watson, 2015), currently the airline industry is facing an unprecedented global challenge to survive the devastating impacts of COVID-19. This article briefly examines some of the key […]

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Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the Biological Weapons Convention

1st April 2020

In addressing the global threats posed by Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and in the context of the prohibition and elimination of such weapons, the international community has adopted three key legal instruments, viz, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC, 1972), the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC, 1992), and the Treaty on the Prohibition Nuclear Weapons (TPNW, […]

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Mitigating the Environmental Risks posed by Nuclear Weapons: The Need to Enhance the Environmental Provisions of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

22nd February 2020

Share this: The international community welcomed the adoption of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), by the UN General Assembly, as a major development, and a final step, in prohibiting weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – biological, chemical and nuclear. The TPNW is modelled on previous “humanitarian disarmament treaties”, notably, the […]

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How Resilient is your Organisation to a Business Disaster?

4th February 2020

Share this: The Need for Organizations to Evolve … Nowadays, sophisticated man-made and technological services are an indispensable part of our daily life. Therefore, market leading organizations using these capabilities should by now have moved through “contingency to continuity” and more recently changed their thinking towards “resilience”. This should mean that organizations which previously had […]

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Rethinking Counter-Drone Management: Developing a Resilience Solution (Part 2)

27th January 2020

Share this: In Part 1, we considered some of the limitations of current approaches to counter-drone management, in particular that many organisations do not yet seem to fully understand nor capitalise upon the potential benefits of a resilience approach. In Part 2, we now consider some of the key elements that a counter-drone resilience approach […]

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Rethinking Counter-Drone Management: The Need for a Resilience Solution (Part 1)

21st January 2020

Share this: Dr Katja Samuel and Shaun Ryles Effective counter-drone management is an issue of growing concern for government and critical national infrastructure bodies as the number of aerial security incidents has grown globally. The primary focus of national and international counter-drone initiatives to date has been on developing a more effective drone safety eco-system. […]

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