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Tuesday Linkage

February 18, 2014

Prominent academic Stephen Hawking has weighed in on a public debate.

Humanitarian Disarmament
Chicago PhD Candidate John Stevenson writes in Slate about why ceasefires don’t protect civilians.
Momentum last week towards a treaty abolishing nuclear weapons: Mexico leads charge.
Anti-killer-robot campaigners on the new Robocop.

Human Rights and Armed Conflict
UNHCHR’s report on North Korea denounces human rights condition in country.
Mark Kersten on whether DPRK could be referred to the ICC.
Guernica on death and resistance in Camp X-Ray.
Want your loved ones to know you survived the latest suicide bombing? There’s an app for that.

PVG on biathleticism and terror threats.
OpenCanada on the Olympics and nationalism.
via Monkey Cage, Eric Zitzewitz on the economics of Olympic judging.
Haunting slide-show of Sarajevo’s abandoned Olympic sites from the Smithsonian.

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Charli Carpenter is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She is the author of 'Innocent Women and Children': Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians (Ashgate, 2006), Forgetting Children Born of War: Setting the Human Rights
Agenda in Bosnia and Beyond (Columbia, 2010), and ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda-Setting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security (Cornell, 2014). Her main research interests include national security ethics, the protection of civilians, the laws of war, global agenda-setting, gender and political violence, humanitarian affairs, the role of information technology in human security, and the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security.