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United Arab of Emirates (UAE) Honor Guard in formation for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dem

(Re)introducing Conscription in the Gulf

From Soft Power to Nation-Building

(22.06.2023) Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, more than 20 countries have suspended1 or abolished conscription.2 Most were either former Soviet States or within proximity of Moscow. Once the Soviet expansion came to a halt and the highly tense and militarized dual world order came to an end, civil-military relations that dominated that period began to change, ushering different demilitarization processes worldwide. In Europe, especially, this resulted in a shift in military priorities. After the elimination of the imminent threat, once military preparedness and military might become less pressing concerns for European and ex-soviet countries, their respective governments went on to reduce their military supplies as well as the sizes of their military personnel. This was mainly done by changing the military recruitment systems from compulsory to voluntary – in other words, abolishing and/or suspending conscription.

Draft centers in northwestern Syria: Are opposition factions mandating conscription?

(20.05.2021) The opposition-affiliated armed groups Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Jaysh al-Izza (Army of Glory), and Ansar al-Tawhid, operating in northwestern Syria, launched recruitment drives to enlist new elements into their ranks. Recruitment was promoted through three separate statements.

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South Korea: Petition on Mandatory Military Duty for Women

(14.05.2021) A petition filed on the National Assembly website demanding that the country’s mandatory military duty also apply to women will be reviewed by parliamentary committees after it was signed by 100-thousand people.

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NO to Military Service - YES to conscientious objection!

Action in Belgrade, Serbia

Announcement on the occasion of May 15– International Day of Conscientious Objection

On the occasion of May 15 – International Day of Conscientious Objection, Women in Black is organizing an antimilitaristic action on May 14 from 13:00-13:30 in Belgrade (Knez Mihailova Street near the restaurant Ruski car) “NO to military service – YES to conscientious objection!”