Truth and Law

Folter in Syrien: Was kann Österreich zur Aufarbeitung beitragen?

 Video in arabischer Sprache: IWMVienna Podiumsdiskussion, Mai, 2018. Die Regierung Baschar al-Assads lässt in Syrien systematisch und flächendeckend foltern – nicht nur Oppositionelle und Aktivist_innen und nicht erst seit den Protesten im März 2011. Die internationale Strafjustiz bietet derzeit keine Möglichkeiten, die Verbrechen in Syrien strafrechtlich zu verfolgen. Deshalb ist es die Verantwortung europäischer …
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Rosa Brooks:
The Future of War

IWM Lectures in Human Sciences, 2016 Traditional political and legal conceptions of war assume that war is a temporary departure from “normal” politics, that wars are bounded both in space and time, and that it is a relatively straightforward matter to identify the parties and combatants in a conflict. But traditional understandings of war are …
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Peter Pomerantsev:
From Information to Disinformation Age. Russia and the Future of Propaganda Wars

Books in Perspective, June, 2016. Despite decades of struggle for freedom of speech and access to unbiased information, the 21st century has not ended manipulation of and by the media. On the contrary, conflicts are being fought and won on TV-screens,  airwaves and the Internet with an alarming intensity and frequency. Where does Russia figure …
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Ivan Krastev, Peter Pomerantsev:
Truth in Times of War—and the New War on Truth

Panel Discussion, June, 2017. It has become a commonplace that we live in a “post-truth” era. Is “post-truth” just another chapter in the long history of propaganda, or does it represent a new phenomenon? What we currently observe in public discourse is indeed a tendency to dismiss the very difference between true and false, fact …
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Week XII: Violence Without Restraints?
New Wars, Old Lies and International Law

curated by Miloš Vec, IWM Permanent Fellow; Professor of European Legal and Constitutional History, University of Vienna

Are we living in a post-war and post-truth world? Armed conflicts are under way across the globe, but we seem to have lost our ability to frame and label them clearly. The language and doctrinal grammar of law are undergoing fundamental transformations in relation to excessive violence in the 21st century. So-called “new wars” symbolize these normative challenges: they transcend state borders and make intensive use of new forms of propaganda, while their protagonists try to circumvent international law. But not all hope has been lost.
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Mary Kaldor:
New Wars as a Social Condition

Building on her longstanding and groundbreaking research on the “New Wars”, this lecture by Mary Kaldor explained that the difference between old and new wars is not empirical but conceptual. New wars have a different logic from old wars. Old wars  (both inter-state wars and classic civil wars) can be analysed in Clausewitzean terms as …
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