New Look, Courtesy of Symbio Design

The new CTlab look is courtesy of Colin Murphy and Symbio Design, of Providence, Rhode Island. After doing some research on potential design firms, Colin leaped off the screen at us:  his portfolio includes the web work for James Der Derian's brilliant Info-Tech-War-Peace project at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. After some detailed email and phone discussion of what we're trying to achieve, Colin's team developed the branding and design elements that are now visible here, as well as plenty of additional material that we haven't yet deployed. 

Thanks to Colin and his team for doing an excellent job.

FYI, Symbio Design has just renamed itself Providence Design.

The Rise of Chaoplexic Warfare?

That's what I'll be calling the piece I'm writing: an extended essay built around Antoine Bousquet's The Scientific Way of Warfare: Order and Chaos on the Battlefields of Modernity (Hurst & Co. Publishers, December 2008). I've mentioned it  and his research  on complexity in international relations in passing,  previously; I had the opportunity to review … Continue reading The Rise of Chaoplexic Warfare?

No, No It Can’t

Nick Thompson, writing at Wired Magazine's Danger Room blog, asks "Can Russia Actually, Legitimately, Really Claim 'Genocide'?" No, it can't, and not just because pots and kettles have been calling each other out in the Caucasus. But the various reasons that Thompson suggests might allow such a claim - "under the fuzzy international law of genocide, the country might have acase---if only because almost anyone, in any conflict, has a case" - are a bit off the mark. I'll leave it to Charli and the Swineherds (sounds like a great roadhouse band...) to sift through the facts of the case, chime in on the distinctions between war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and relate jus ad bellum and jus in bello to all three. My points are on the role of  perception in his argument.