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Conference on multilateral diplomacy and future warfare

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the Istituto Svizzero and the Swiss Embassy in Italy invite, in collaboration with the University Roma Tre and The University of Geneva, the Roman public to a discussion about both the achievements and the challenges in current international humanitarian law (IHL). The DISPUTE series provides a platform for citizen engagement relating to the globalization and the future of contemporary societies. Proposing a new topic every year, the forum aims to strengthen civic participation and public debate.This year’s edition puts the role and relevance of the IHL up for debate. Featuring politicians, scholars, representatives of states, armed forces, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental activist groups, interested citizens have the chance to participate in an informed discussion with experienced specialists who can give a clear idea of what IHL is, what it does, and what its challenges for the future are. The conference will be accompanied by two commentators, whose role is to highlight important themes and arguments in wrap-up sessions following each panel.During the last decades, multilateral diplomacy has not always been effective despite sustained efforts of the international community to develop new international instruments in order to face current and upcoming challenges in IHL. The trend in favor of unilateral solutions and the shifting of priority from international concerns to national interests is noticeable in a number of States.Inherent features of IHL render law-making in this domain particularly difficult. For instance, various actors are involved in contemporary armed conflicts, such as organized armed groups or international organizations and accommodating their perspectives in a State-centric international system remains a challenge.Against this backdrop, the DISPUTE series will offer the opportunity to panelists and the audience to reflect on possible venues to enhance and continuously ensure effective protection to victims of armed conflicts. Furthermore, the session will explore the continued relevance of the Geneva Conventions and other multilateral IHL treaties highlighting best practice examples from armed conflict situations.
Two panels will focus on selected challenges that have arisen in recent armed conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to non-international armed conflicts and related issues pertaining to non-state actors as well as to the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts. Discussions will not only demonstrate the complexity of IHL application and humanitarian action in armed conflicts but also give a picture of the global community’s handling of these complexities.
The third session concerns new technologies and their potential impact on the future of warfare. The rapid development of technologies and artificial intelligence with potential military applications may radically change the face of armed conflicts. Drones are increasingly used, cyberspace has emerged as a new battlefield, and automated weapons systems such as combat robots may be defining future wars. At the same time, modern technologies can improve the application of IHL and the enforcement of such rules in case of violations. These changes have not only ethical implications but also pose legal and practical problems to IHL. A simultaneous translation in English-Italian will be provided.

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Conference on multilateral diplomacy and future warfare

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 novembre 2019

Rome 22.11.2019—23.11.2019 International Humanitarian Law Via Liguria 20 Conference on multilateral diplomacy and future warfare
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the Istituto Svizzero and the Swiss Embassy in Italy invite, in collaboration with the University Roma Tre and The University of Geneva, the Roman public to a discussion about both the achievements and the challenges in current international humanitarian law (IHL). The DISPUTE series provides a platform for citizen engagement relating to the globalization and the future of contemporary societies. Proposing a new topic every year, the forum aims to strengthen civic participation and public debate.This year’s edition puts the role and relevance of the IHL up for debate. Featuring politicians, scholars, representatives of states, armed forces, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental activist groups, interested citizens have the chance to participate in an informed discussion with experienced specialists who can give a clear idea of what IHL is, what it does, and what its challenges for the future are. The conference will be accompanied by two commentators (already confirmed is Yves Daccord, general director, ICRC) whose role is to highlight important themes and arguments in wrap-up sessions following each panel.The conference will focus on three different fields of interest:
Multilateral diplomacy and IHL: does it still work? During the last decades, multilateral diplomacy has not always been effective despite sustained efforts of the international community to develop new international instruments in order to face current and upcoming challenges in IHL. The trend in favor of unilateral solutions and the shifting of priority from international concerns to national interests is noticeable in a number of States.Inherent features of IHL render law-making in this domain particularly difficult. For instance, various actors are involved in contemporary armed conflicts, such as organized armed groups or international organizations and accommodating their perspectives in a State-centric international system remains a challenge.Against this backdrop, the DISPUTE series will offer the opportunity to panelists and the audience to reflect on possible venues to enhance and continuously ensure effective protection to victims of armed conflicts. Furthermore, the session will explore the continued relevance of the Geneva Conventions and other multilateral IHL treaties highlighting best practice examples from armed conflict situations.Two panels will focus on selected challenges that have arisen in recent armed conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to non-international armed conflicts and related issues pertaining to non-state actors as well as to the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts. Discussions will not only demonstrate the complexity of IHL application and humanitarian action in armed conflicts but also give a picture of the global community’s handling of these complexities.
The third session concerns new technologies and their potential impact on the future of warfare. The rapid development of technologies and artificial intelligence with potential military applications may radically change the face of armed conflicts. Drones are increasingly used, cyberspace has emerged as a new battlefield, and automated weapons systems such as combat robots may be defining future wars. At the same time, modern technologies can improve the application of IHL and the enforcement of such rules in case of violations. These changes have not only ethical implications but also pose legal and practical problems to IHL. A simultaneous translation in English-Italian will be provided.

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Conference on multilateral diplomacy and future warfare

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 novembre 2019

Rome november 22-23 H15:00 Istituto Svizzero Villa Maraini Via Ludovisi 48 To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 1949 Geneva Conventions, the Istituto Svizzero and the Swiss Embassy in Italy invite, in collaboration with the University Roma Tre and The University of Geneva, the Roman public to a discussion about both the achievements and the challenges in current international humanitarian law (IHL). The DISPUTE series provides a platform for citizen engagement relating to the globalization and the future of contemporary societies. Proposing a new topic every year, the forum aims to strengthen civic participation and public debate.
This year’s edition puts the role and relevance of the IHL up for debate. Featuring politicians, scholars, representatives of states, armed forces, the Red Cross Movement and non-governmental activist groups, interested citizens have the chance to participate in an informed discussion with experienced specialists who can give a clear idea of what IHL is, what it does, and what its challenges for the future are. The conference will be accompanied by two commentators (already confirmed is Yves Daccord, general director, ICRC) whose role is to highlight important themes and arguments in wrap-up sessions following each panel.The conference will focus on three different fields of interest:Multilateral diplomacy and IHL: does it still work? During the last decades, multilateral diplomacy has not always been effective despite sustained efforts of the international community to develop new international instruments in order to face current and upcoming challenges in IHL. The trend in favor of unilateral solutions and the shifting of priority from international concerns to national interests is noticeable in a number of States.Inherent features of IHL render law-making in this domain particularly difficult. For instance, various actors are involved in contemporary armed conflicts, such as organized armed groups or international organizations and accommodating their perspectives in a State-centric international system remains a challenge.Against this backdrop, the DISPUTE series will offer the opportunity to panelists and the audience to reflect on possible venues to enhance and continuously ensure effective protection to victims of armed conflicts. Furthermore, the session will explore the continued relevance of the Geneva Conventions and other multilateral IHL treaties highlighting best practice examples from armed conflict situations.
Lights and shadows: how is IHL interpreted and applied?Two panels will focus on selected challenges that have arisen in recent armed conflicts. Particular attention will be paid to non-international armed conflicts and related issues pertaining to non-state actors as well as to the protection of cultural heritage in armed conflicts. Discussions will not only demonstrate the complexity of IHL application and humanitarian action in armed conflicts but also give a picture of the global community’s handling of these complexities.
The future of warfare: what set of rules do we need?The third session concerns new technologies and their potential impact on the future of warfare. The rapid development of technologies and artificial intelligence with potential military applications may radically change the face of armed conflicts. Drones are increasingly used, cyberspace has emerged as a new battlefield, and automated weapons systems such as combat robots may be defining future wars. At the same time, modern technologies can improve the application of IHL and the enforcement of such rules in case of violations. These changes have not only ethical implications but also pose legal and practical problems to IHL.The conference is free and is only upon registration. To sign up please send an email to prenotazioni@istitutosvizzero.it. A simultaneous translation in English-Italian will be provided.
H15:30 Multilateral Diplomacy (moderated by Gloria Gaggioli, University of Geneva) Fausto Pocar (Sanremo Institute), Academic Perspective, Valentin Zellweger (Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN), State Perspective
Steven Hill (Legal Adviser NATO), IO Perspective, Els Debuf (Deputy Head for Europe ICRC), ICRC Perspective, Noam Lubell (University of Essex), Developing New Guidelines for Investigating IHL Violations. H16:20 Moderated round-table discussion with panelists and Q&A for audience
H17:45 Best Practice in IHL Giulio Bartolini (Roma Tre), The Continued Relevance of the Geneva Conventions and other Multilateral IHL Treaties: Success Stories and the Application of IHL
H18:00 Wrap-up sessio
23.11.2019 – Day 2 H11:00 Non-State Actors (moderated by Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, University of Oxford)
Marco Sassoli, University of Geneva, The Law of Non-International Armed Conflicts Luisa Vierucci (University of Florence), Agreements regulating a non-international armed conflict: what impact on IHL? Sandra Krähenmann (Geneva Call), Engaging with Non-State-Actors H11:30 Moderated round-table discussion with panelists and Q&A for audience H12:30 Wrap-up session
H14:30 Cultural Heritage (moderated by Kristin Hausler, British Institute of International and Comparative Law) Roger O’Keefe (University Bocconi) Cultural Heritage and International Humanitarian Law: From Atrocity to Capacity Fabrizio Parulli (Carabinieri), The Blue Helmets for Culture Initiative Aparna Tandon (ICCROM), First Aid and Resilience for Cultural Heritage
H15:00 Moderated round-table discussion with panelists and Q&A for audience H16:00 Wrap-up session
H17:00 Future Warfare (moderated by Jean-Marc Rickli, GCSP) Marco Roscini (University of Westminster), Cyberwarfare Kaja Ciglic (Microsoft), The Role of New Technologies in Armed Conflicts, Neha Jain (European University Institute), Accountability for violations of international humanitarian law
H17:30 Moderated round-table discussion with panelists and Q&A for audience
H18:30 Wrap-up session
H19:00 Final debate

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Modern Warfare Multiplayer Beta Biggest Ever in Franchise History

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is scheduled for release globally October 25, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The title features a fully-optimized PC version, developed in partnership with Beenox, which will be available exclusively on Battle.net®, Blizzard Entertainment’s online gaming platform. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is published by Activision, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) with development led by award-winning developer, Infinity Ward, and additional development support from Beenox, High-Moon Studios and Raven Software.
Activision today confirmed that the recent Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Beta has become the largest in Call of Duty history, delivering the most users, the most hours played and highest peak concurrent number of players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC combined.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer is expected to support up to 100 players in select multiplayer experiences upon launch on October 25. Winner of the “Best Online Multiplayer” by Game Critics Best of E3 2019, Modern Warfare’s ultimate multiplayer playground delivers an action-packed online experience with best-in-class down the barrel gameplay, along with unprecedented depth and variety.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Deploys October 25th

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 giugno 2019

Prepare to go dark, Modern Warfare is back! The most celebrated series in Call of Duty will make its highly-anticipated return when Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® launches October 25th in a powerful experience reimagined from the ground-up. The all-new title, published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, engulfs players in a modern-day conflict, where split-second decisions could affect the global balance of power. The new Modern Warfare features a unified narrative experience and progression across a heart racing, epic single-player story, an action-packed multiplayer playground, and new cooperative gameplay. “This is an all-new Modern Warfare reimagined in every way,” said Dave Stohl, co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “We are creating an emotionally charged experience that’s inspired by the headlines in the world today, where the rules are grey and battle lines are blurred. Players will join a varied cast of international special forces and freedom fighters in gripping and heart-pounding missions through iconic European cities and volatile expanses of the Middle East. It’s intense, it’s exciting, and we can’t wait for our fans to play this October.”“Every design decision has been made with our players in mind,” said Patrick Kelly, Creative Director and co-Studio Head, Infinity Ward. “With the launch of Modern Warfare, we’re taking steps to unite the community. First, we plan for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support. Second, we’re eliminating the traditional season pass, so that we can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players. This is just the beginning – there’s much more to come.” Call of Duty: Modern Warfare features a new engine delivering an immersive and photo-realistic experience. The new technology utilizes the latest advancements in visual engineering, including a physically-based material system allowing for state of the art photogrammetry, a new hybrid tile based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more as well as a new GPU geometry pipeline. Spectral rendering delivers thermal heat radiation and infrared identification for both thermal and night-vision in-game imaging. The technical investment provides a cutting edge animation and blend shape system, while the new suite of audio tools supports full Dolby ATMOS, on supported platforms, along with the latest in audio simulation effects.

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Michel Chossudovsky: “Con la Nato dal Welfare al Warfare”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 aprile 2019

By Manlio Dinucci. Al Convegno internazionale «I 70 anni della Nato: quale bilancio storico? Uscire dal sistema di guerra, ora», svoltosi a Firenze, ha partecipato quale principale relatore il Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, direttore di Global Research, il centro di ricerca sulla globalizzazione (Canada), copromotore del Convegno insieme al Comitato No Guerra No Nato e ad altre associazioni italiane. A Michel Chossudovsky – uno dei massimi esperti internazionali di economia e geopolitica, collaboratore dell’Enciclopedia Britannica, autore di 11 libri pubblicati in oltre 20 lingue – abbiamo rivolto alcune domande sui temi discussi al Convegno.
Anzitutto qual è stato il risultato del Convegno di Firenze?
Il Convegno internazionale di Firenze è stato un evento di massimo successo, con la partecipazione di diversi qualificati relatori provenienti da Nordamerica, Europa e Russia. È stata presentata la storia della Nato. Sono stati identificati e attentamente documentati i crimini contro l’umanità. Al termine del Convegno, con circa 600 partecipanti da tutta Italia e da diversi paesi europei, è stata presentata la Dichiarazione di Firenze.
Nella sua relazione introduttiva al Convegno, lei ha affermato che la Nato non è un’alleanza. Ci può spiegare perché?
Sotto la sembianza di un’alleanza militare multinazionale, il Pentagono domina il meccanismo decisionale della Nato. Gli Usa controllano le strutture di comando della Nato, che sono incorporate in quelle statunitensi. Il Comandante Supremo Alleato in Europa (SACEUR) è sempre un generale statunitense nominato da Washington. Il Segretario Generale della Nato, attualmente Jens Stoltenberg, è essenzialmente un burocrate addetto alle relazioni pubbliche. Non ha alcun ruolo decisionale.
Un altro tema da lei sollevato è quello delle basi militari Usa in Italia e in altri paesi europei. Che ruolo hanno?
Il tacito obiettivo della Nato – tema rilevante del nostro dibattito a Firenze – è stato quello di attuare, sotto diversa denominazione, “l’occupazione militare” de facto dell’Europa Occidentale. Gli Stati uniti non solo continuano a “occupare” i “paesi dell’Asse” della Seconda guerra mondiale (Italia, Germania), ma hanno usato l’emblema della Nato per installare basi militari Usa in tutta l‘Europa Occidentale, e successivamente nell’Europa Orientale sulla scia della guerra fredda e nei Balcani sulla scia della guerra Nato contro a Jugoslavia.
Che cosa è cambiato riguardo a un possibile uso di armi nucleari?
Subito dopo la guerra fredda è stata formulata una nuova dottrina nucleare, focalizzata sull’uso preventivo di armi nucleari, cioè sul first strike nucleare quale mezzo di autodifesa. Nel quadro degli interventi Usa/Nato, presentati quali azioni per il mantenimento della pace, è stata creata una nuova generazione di armi nucleari di “bassa potenza” e “più utilizzabili”, descritte come “innocue per i civili”. I responsabili politici statunitensi le considerano “bombe per la pacificazione”. Gli accordi della guerra fredda, che stabilivano alcune salvaguardie, sono stati cancellati. Il concetto di “Mutua Distruzione Assicurata”, relativo all’uso delle armi nucleari, è stato sostituito dalla dottrina della guerra nucleare preventiva.
Quale relazione esiste tra corsa agli armamenti e crisi economica?
Guerra e globalizzazione vanno di pari passo. La militarizzazione sostiene l’imposizione della ristrutturazione macro-economica nei paesi bersaglio. Impone la spesa militare per sostenere l’economia di guerra a detrimento dell’economia civile. Porta alla destabilizzazione economica e alla perdita di potere delle istituzioni nazionali.Un esempio: ultimamente il presidente Trump ha proposto grossi tagli alla Sanità, all’Istruzione e all’infrastruttura sociale, “mentre richiede un grosso aumento per il budget del Pentagono”. All’inizio della sua amministrazione, il presidente Trump ha confermato l’aumento della spesa per il programma nucleare militare, varato dal presidente Obama, da 1.000 a 1.200 miliardi di dollari. sostenendo che ciò serve a mantenere il mondo più sicuro.
In tutta l’Unione europea l’aumento della spesa militare, abbinato a misure di austerità, sta portando alla fine di quello che veniva definito “Welfare State”. La Nato è impegnata ad aumentare la spesa militare, sostenendo, per bocca del segretario generale Jens Stoltenberg, che questa è la cosa giusta da fare per “mantenere la sicurezza della nostra popolazione”.
Gli interventi militari sono abbinati a concomitanti atti di sabotaggio economico e manipolazione finanziaria. Obiettivo finale è la conquista delle risorse sia umane che materiali e, allo stesso tempo, delle istituzioni politiche. Gli atti di guerra sostengono un processo di completa conquista economica. Il progetto egemonico degli Stati uniti è di trasformare i paesi sovrani in territori aperti alla loro penetrazione. Uno degli strumenti è l’imposizione di pesanti vincoli ai paesi indebitati. Ad impoverire vasti settori della popolazione mondiale concorre l’imposizione di letali riforme macro-economiche.
Qual è e quale dovrebbe essere il ruolo dei media nell’informare l’opinione pubblica su tali temi?
I media non si sono presi il disturbo di coprire il Convegno di Firenze. I crimini di guerra della Nato non vengono così menzionati. Senza la disinformazione attuata dai media, l’agenda militare Usa/Nato crollerebbe come un castello di carte. I pericoli incombenti di guerra, condotta con i più moderni armamenti compresi quelli nucleari, non sono notizie da prima pagina. La guerra è rappresentata quale azione di pacificazione. I criminali di guerra sono dipinti come pacificatori. La guerra diviene pace. La realtà è capovolta. Quando la menzogna diviene verità, non si può tornare indietro. Veritas odium parit.

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