• Limited Accountability: A transparency audit of the anti-ISIL Coalition

    Limited Accountability: A transparency audit of the anti-ISIL Coalition

    This Airwars study for the Remote Control Project explores transparency and accountability issues within the US-led Coalition. It is based partly on in-depth briefings from senior officials from four sample belligerents (the US, Canada, the UK and Denmark) – and in part on two years of extensive Airwars modelling of the war against ISIL. The report aims not only to provide a detailed understanding of how such ad hoc coalitions work – but also to identify transparency and accountability good practice for belligerents, and to offer policy recommendations for future airpower-based conflicts.

  • Targeted killing: a new departure for British defence and security policy?

    Targeted killing: a new departure for British defence and security policy?

    This briefing argues for greater transparency over the political and legal basis for targeted killing – specifically when the UK targets non-state actors in areas it does not consider itself party to a conflict. While the UK has made positive steps in improving the transparency of these operations, it has also officially adopted a more expansive definition of imminence and is faltering in its commitment to open up strikes to meaningful scrutiny under the ISC. This raises serious concerns about whether the UK’s system of democratic oversight is keeping pace with changes in its military engagement.

  • The US Continues to “Trump” The UK on Special Forces Transparency

    The US Continues to “Trump” The UK on Special Forces Transparency

    This article discusses the special operations counter-terrorism raid in Yemen on the 29th of January in Yemen. There were a number of serious problems with the raid, but at least we know it happened.

  • We need to talk about Yemen

    We need to talk about Yemen

    This briefing examines the extent of the UK’s involvement in the current crisis in Yemen. The story of UK involvement in the current crisis in Yemen is hard to unravel, a task that is not helped by contradictory government statements, the lack of transparency surrounding government policies, and confusing distinctions between different types of UK assistance to members of the Saudi-led coalition on the front lines of the war. The briefing argues that greater transparency over the UK’s role in the conflict would benefit the government for many domestic reasons, particularly given the levels of public and parliamentary scepticism about arms sales and secret wars.