• Lawful But Awful? Legal and political challenges of remote warfare and working with partners

    Lawful But Awful? Legal and political challenges of remote warfare and working with partners

    This report examines the political and legal implications of working with local partners to wage remote warfare.

  • Defining Remote Warfare: British Training and Assistance Programmes in Yemen, 2004-2015

    Defining Remote Warfare: British Training and Assistance Programmes in Yemen, 2004-2015

    Between 2004-2015 Britain engaged in capacity building operations across Yemen’s police, military, and intelligence agencies. This briefing seeks to provide a critical review of these efforts, their successes, and the causes of their ultimate failure, in order to identify lessons for future training and assistance missions.

  • Pacifism or Pragmatism? The 2013 Parliamentary Vote on Military Action in Syria

    Pacifism or Pragmatism? The 2013 Parliamentary Vote on Military Action in Syria

    Several commentators have argued that the 2013 Syria vote was a marker of parliamentary pacifism and a symbol of the perils of democratising the decision to use force. This briefing uses the transcript of the debate and recent interviews to assess the validity of these claims.

  • Britain’s Shadow Army: Policy Options for External Oversight of UK Special Forces

    Britain’s Shadow Army: Policy Options for External Oversight of UK Special Forces

    This report makes the case for introducing some form of external oversight of UKSF, and examines allied experiences of legislative scrutiny.