Top Picks: 24-28 August

Our photo of the week was taken from an Atlantic photo gallery titled "Syria's Children." In this photo a boy carries a bag of new clothes ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on July 15, 2015. © Bassam Khabieh / Reuters

Our photo of the week was taken from an Atlantic photo gallery titled "Syria's Children." In this photo a boy carries a bag of new clothes ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan in Jobar, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, on July 15, 2015. © Bassam Khabieh / Reuters

This week's Top Picks selection is brought to you by Scott Chambers, our Communications and Public Affairs Assistant.

This week the conference of state parties to the Arms to the Arms Trade Treaty reached agreement on a number of key procedural measures, including locating the Secretariat in Geneva.

How the military, and by extension armed conflict, are portrayed in media can disseminate key messages on those topics. No one knows this better than the Pentagon, read on to see behind the scenes of how the Pentagon works with filmmakers.  

The Department of Defense has also published the Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy report that provides an interesting consolidation of U.S. government views on Asia-Pacific affairs. 

On Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes examines the famous Benjamin Franklin quote “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” and shares an interesting interpretation.

Finally IRIN asks if the world still cares about famines and reacts to the use of the term in the humanitarian sector.

Editor's note: A small but important caveat: just because something is featured here doesn't mean we endorse or agree with it. The views expressed in the links we're highlighting don't necessarily reflect the ICRC's views.