International Law

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More than any other policy area, the conduct of security affairs implicates legal systems beyond our own domestic law. Despite a deep-seated American distrust of international law, a web of international norms, treaties and agreements compels the United States to defend its conduct in terms intelligible to the world at large. As policymakers grapple with issues from cyberwar to targeted killings, legal expertise in international humanitarian law, the law of armed conflict, and a myriad other areas of international law will only become more crucial.

 

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Did Trump Scare Off the ICC?

A few weeks before the U.S. presidential election, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) released her latest update on the court's long-running inquiry into alleged crimes committed in Afghanistan. While emphasizing that Taliban and insurgent crimes will be the focus, that update doubled down on the prosecutor's previous insistence that U.S. personnel may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan. And the prosecutor even took her scrutiny of U.S.

Brexecution

Brexecution: Hard Brexit

The debate between “hard” Brexit and “soft” Brexit is finally over. After months of ambiguity, British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday clarified her government’s strategic objectives, just in time for the start of negotiations in March: May is taking a hard line.

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