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Annals of the Trump Administration

Annals of the Trump Administration #2: Which Executive Orders and Directives Are Doomed?

What security-related executive orders are likely to be repealed in whole or in part soon after Donald Trump is sworn in as president?  I list some obvious ones below, and will be happy to update the list with predictions others may send me.

1. Executive Order 13491  (Jan. 22, 2009) ("Ensuring Lawful Interrogation")

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)

Has the U.S. Quietly Ramped Up the Air Campaign Against AQAP in Yemen?

CENTCOM has just released a summary of publicly-acknowledged airstrikes conducted against AQAP targets in Yemen over the first five months of 2016.  The list includes three strikes from February and March that were not previously acknowledged, interestingly, and there is no guarantee that there are not others of that kind still awaiting public disclosure.

2001 AUMF

Mullah Mansour as a "Continuous" Threat: Was the AUMF Strictly Necessary?

The DOD airstrike that may have killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour is interesting, from a legal perspective, at many levels.  From an international law perspective, as Marty Lederman explains here, it looks to be another example of action under color of the much-discussed unwilling

Intelligence Studies Essay

The Intelligence Studies Essay: Nichols on Leadership Decapitation vs Mid-Tier Degradation

This Intelligence Studies Essay assesses open source research to determine the relative effectiveness of two alternative strategies for directing lethal attacks against terrorist groups: leadership decapitation, or degradation of mid-level management. 

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