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Just Security is an online forum for the rigorous analysis of law, rights, and U.S. national security policy. We aim to promote principled and pragmatic solutions to the problems facing decision-makers. Our Founding Editors include individuals with significant U.S. government experience, civil society attorneys, legal academics, and other thought leaders.

Why having the top two positions at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence unfilled is so dangerous. By som...
11/12/2019
Leaving the DNI Leaderless is Reckless and Dangerous

Why having the top two positions at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence unfilled is so dangerous.

By someone who would know: Brett Holmgren, former sr. director for intel on the NSC.

This week marks the third straight month that the top two positions in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have been leaderless.

A sober and critical reflection on the viability of the current U.S. military mission in Syria.By professor Joshua Geltz...
11/12/2019
The US Mission Tied to Syrian Oil Fields May Prove the Worst of All Strategic Options

A sober and critical reflection on the viability of the current U.S. military mission in Syria.

By professor Joshua Geltzer, former Senior Director for Counterterrorism at the National Security Council

#OperationInherentResolve #OIR #Syria

"What seems like a well-intentioned effort to mitigate a mess of Trump’s own making ultimately could make matters worse."

Congress should act to undo some of the damage done by abandoning our allies in Syria. From Bishop Garrison and Benjamin...
11/11/2019
Congress Must Act to Protect Those Who’ve Supported Us in Syria

Congress should act to undo some of the damage done by abandoning our allies in Syria.

From Bishop Garrison and Benjamin Haas:

To help mitigate the catastrophe in Syria, Congress should take meaningful action to protect our partners and restore trust in America.

What a week. Here's our resources tools and analysis from the week on: ImpeachmentLaws of warCivilian casualties in US w...
11/09/2019
Recap of Recent Articles on Just Security (Nov. 4-8)

What a week. Here's our resources tools and analysis from the week on:

Impeachment
Laws of war
Civilian casualties in US wars
Use of force/UN Charter
Syria (German military operations)
Press freedoms/Duty to warn
Turkey (Interpol)
and more ...

Impeachment, Laws of War, Civilian casualties in U.S. wars, Use of force/UN Charter, Syria (German military operations), Press freedoms/Duty to warn, Turkey, and more ...

Breaking news: International Court of Justice Decides Against Russia: Will Look into Ukraine Allegations#Ukraine #Russia...
11/08/2019
Int'l Court of Justice Decides Against Russia: Will Look into Ukraine Allegations

Breaking news: International Court of Justice Decides Against Russia: Will Look into Ukraine Allegations

#Ukraine #Russia #Crimea #ICJ

On Friday, the International Court of Justice in The Hague overwhelmingly rejected Russia’s jurisdictional objections to its hearing on the merits Ukraine’s legal claims for Russia’s violations of international law. These claims include alleged Russian violations of the International Conventio...

At the #UN this week- U.S. begins 1-yr clock for Paris Agreement withdrawal- ICC hands down its heaviest sentence to dat...
11/08/2019
National Security at the United Nations this Week

At the #UN this week

- U.S. begins 1-yr clock for Paris Agreement withdrawal
- ICC hands down its heaviest sentence to date in war crimes trial of Bosco Ntaganda
- Iran takes further steps away from nuke deal

U.S. begins one-year clock for Paris Agreement withdrawal, the ICC hands down its heaviest sentence to date in war crimes trial of Bosco Ntaganda, Iran takes further steps away from the nuclear deal, and more.

"Top Pentagon Lawyer Stresses U.S. Compliance with the Rule of Law in Military Operations"from Thomas Lee, Professor at ...
11/08/2019
Top DoD Lawyer Stresses U.S. Compliance with the Rule of Law in Military Operations

"Top Pentagon Lawyer Stresses U.S. Compliance with the Rule of Law in Military Operations"

from Thomas Lee, Professor at Fordham Law, on leave to serve as Special Counsel to the General Counsel at the Department of Defense

On September 3, 2019, Paul Ney, the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), delivered the Charney Distinguished Lecture in International Law at Vanderbilt Law School. The Lecture was entitled “The Rule of Law in International Security Affairs: A U.S. Defense Department Perspective...

We've created a NEW RESOURCE TOOLCompiled and curated all publicly available documents in #Ukraine #ImpeachmentInquiry T...
11/08/2019
Public Document Clearinghouse: Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry

We've created a NEW RESOURCE TOOL

Compiled and curated all publicly available documents in #Ukraine #ImpeachmentInquiry

Thanks to NYU School of Law's Reiss Center on Law and Security Student Scholars Julia Brooks and William Dawley

Curated all publicly available documents related to Congress’s impeachment inquiry concerning President Donald Trump and Ukraine.

A comprehensive guide to the many witnesses being called upon to testify in the impeachment inquiry.Background info & li...
11/07/2019
A Who’s Who of Ukraine Witnesses

A comprehensive guide to the many witnesses being called upon to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

Background info & links to available testimony compiled by Just Security's Kate Brannen:

A study guide with all of the witnesses who have either testified or have been requested to testify by the impeachment inquiry.

Night raids, carried out by Afghan paramilitaries and backed by the CIA, are surging in Afghanistan.Patricia Gossman des...
11/07/2019
CIA-Backed Afghan Paramilitaries Behind Unlawful Killing Surge

Night raids, carried out by Afghan paramilitaries and backed by the CIA, are surging in Afghanistan.

Patricia Gossman describes the many cases of atrocities being carried out by these forces and documented by Human Rights Watch:

Across Afghanistan, these strike forces have unlawfully killed civilians, forcibly disappeared detainees and attacked healthcare facilities.

#Turkey, a notorious abuser of the #Interpol #RedNotice system, has just been selected to host the organization’s gene...
11/07/2019
Interpol Proves Critics Right in Choosing Turkey to Host General Assembly

#Turkey, a notorious abuser of the #Interpol #RedNotice system, has just been selected to host the organization’s general assembly in 2021.

Ben Keith, a barrister at @5SAHLaw, dissects this bizarre decision.

Despite all the warnings and evidence, it seems Interpol is prepared to ignore the reality of Turkey’s repression and abuse.

Just Security readers in the D.C. area might be interested in a terrific program being hosted by Georgetown Law tomorrow...
11/06/2019
A Program on Intelligence Operations in Liberal Democracies: Ethics, Efficacy, and Accountability

Just Security readers in the D.C. area might be interested in a terrific program being hosted by Georgetown Law tomorrow afternoon.

Includes a screening of excerpts from a film about the CIA's William Colby, followed by an all-star panel discussion.

Georgetown University Law Center is hosting an event Thursday that includes a screening of "The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby," followed by a panel discussion.

Duty to Warn: Has the Trump Administration Learned from the #Khashoggi Failure?By Edwin Djabateydiscussing cases of Decl...
11/06/2019
Duty to Warn: Has the Trump Administration Learned from the Khashoggi Failure?

Duty to Warn: Has the Trump Administration Learned from the #Khashoggi Failure?

By Edwin Djabatey

discussing cases of Declan Walsh Iyad El-Baghdadi, and Omar Abdulaziz,

#PressFreedom #FirstAmendment #SaudiArabia #Egypt
cc: Committee to Protect Journalists

This attitude shift alone, if it has indeed taken place, is commendable, but should not reduce scrutiny of what happened in the Declan Walsh case.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants #Germany to get more involved in #Syria and consider an interna...
11/06/2019
Germany’s Syria Debate: Four Key Questions on European Military Action - Just Security

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants #Germany to get more involved in #Syria and consider an international security zone.

Muriel Asseburg @StiftungWissenschaftundPolitik and Markus Kaim @gmfus consider options and obstacles.

The German Defense Minister’s recent call for her country’s greater involvement in Syria and for an international security zone raises important questions.

"The text, context, and preparatory work of Article 51 [of the UN Charter] show that it permits only the use of armed fo...
11/05/2019
“Clearly of Latin American Origin”: Armed Attack by Non-State Actors and the UN Charter

"The text, context, and preparatory work of Article 51 [of the UN Charter] show that it permits only the use of armed force in self-defense against an armed attack by a State."

A deep dive into a most important area of international law, by leading expert Adil Haque.

"The text, context, and preparatory work of Article 51 of the Charter show that it permits only the use of armed force in self-defense against an armed attack by a State."

A Dozen Questions for John SolomonBy Sidney Blumenthal#Ukrainegate #ImpeachmentInquiry
11/05/2019
A Dozen Questions for John Solomon

A Dozen Questions for John Solomon

By Sidney Blumenthal

#Ukrainegate #ImpeachmentInquiry

Twelve questions for Solomon who the Post said “played an important role in advancing a flawed, Trump-friendly tale of corruption in Ukraine.”

Writings on why #ImpeachmentInquiry is different from regular congressional oversight."Executive Privilege is No Bar to ...
11/04/2019
Executive Privilege is No Bar to Testimony Before Impeachment Investigators

Writings on why #ImpeachmentInquiry is different from regular congressional oversight.

"Executive Privilege is No Bar to Testimony Before Impeachment Investigators"

From Lawrence Friedman @newenglandlawboston

https://wp.me/p5gGh3-hpH

Impeachment is different from regular congressional oversight. Witnesses summoned to appear before the House Intelligence Committee should not view executive privilege as standing in the way of their testimony.

President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and surrogates cite #Ukraine President Zelenskyy’s statements that he felt “no pressu...
11/04/2019
Why Does Ukraine’s Zelenskyy Say He Felt “No Pressure” From Trump?

President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and surrogates cite #Ukraine President Zelenskyy’s statements that he felt “no pressure” from Trump as evidence that there couldn't have been a quid pro quo.

Anders Aslund, recently back from Kyiv, explores why Zelenskyy keeps saying that.

Ukraine’s president has played along with Trump, leaving room for the Trump-Giuliani camp to cite his words as evidence that there was no quid pro quo.

From announcing our new Advisory Board to covering impeachment, Baghdadi operation, potential military intervention in V...
11/02/2019
Recap of Recent Articles on Just Security (Oct. 28-Nov. 1)

From announcing our new Advisory Board to covering impeachment, Baghdadi operation, potential military intervention in Venezuela, CLOUD Act and more, it's been a busy week.

From announcing our new Advisory Board to covering impeachment, Baghdadi operation, potential military intervention in Venezuela, CLOUD Act and more, it's been a busy week.

Reflecting on what's changed since Just Security launched six years ago, and three challenges that we now confront.From ...
11/01/2019
More or Less Justice? More or Less Security?

Reflecting on what's changed since Just Security launched six years ago, and three challenges that we now confront.

From our co-editor-in-chief Ryan Goodman and executive editor Josh Geltzer

Reflecting on what's changed since Just Security launched six years ago, and three challenges that we now confront.

At the #UN this week:- The UN-backed Syrian Constitutional Committee begins in Geneva- Chile bows out of hosting climate...
11/01/2019
National Security at the United Nations This Week

At the #UN this week:

- The UN-backed Syrian Constitutional Committee begins in Geneva
- Chile bows out of hosting climate (#COP25) and APEC meetings amid unrest
- The UN General Assembly debates China’s abuse of Uyghurs

Emily Shire covers this news & more:

The UN-backed Syrian Constitutional Committee begins in Geneva, Chile bows out of hosting climate and APEC meetings amid unrest, the UN General Assembly debates China’s abuse of Uyghurs, and more.

We are thrilled to announce Just Security's Advisory Board:Catherine Amirfar, Co-ChairJoel Ehrenkranz, Co-ChairAmbassado...
11/01/2019
The Launch of Just Security's Advisory Board

We are thrilled to announce Just Security's Advisory Board:

Catherine Amirfar, Co-Chair
Joel Ehrenkranz, Co-Chair
Ambassador Eileen Donahoe
Brian Egan
Lara Flint
Chris Fonzone
Avril Haines
Ambassador Keith Harper
Ambassador Cameron Munter
Ambassador David Pressman
Natalie Reid
Jake Sullivan

We are thrilled to announce today the creation of an Advisory Board for Just Security. We feel blessed to have this group of thought leaders as a part of the Just Security family.

If Trump were serious about ending endless war-in #Syria and elsewhere, he would offer a responsible plan for repealing ...
11/01/2019
How Trump Could Really End "Endless Wars"

If Trump were serious about ending endless war-in #Syria and elsewhere, he would offer a responsible plan for repealing the 2001 #AUMF in favor of a more effective #CT approach.

Read Rita Siemion and Benjamin Haas of @humanrightsfirst on how to get it done.

If Trump were serious about ending endless wars, he would offer a responsible plan for repealing the 2001 authorization that three administrations have relied on to justify a war-based approach to counterterrorism in favor of a more effective approach.

Announcement of Joshua Geltzer as a New Executive Editor at Just SecurityBy our Editors-in-Chief Ryan Goodman and Steve ...
10/31/2019
Welcoming Joshua Geltzer as a New Executive Editor at Just Security

Announcement of Joshua Geltzer as a New Executive Editor at Just Security

By our Editors-in-Chief Ryan Goodman and Steve Vladeck

We are thrilled to announce Joshua Geltzer as a new Executive Editor at Just Security. Since writing his first article for Just Security as a member of our editorial board back in September 2017 on the travel ban to fifty articles later, readers have become familiar with Josh’s extraordinary range...

Today's #impeachment resolution adopted by the House of Representatives includes a key provision that has the potential ...
10/31/2019
A Game-Changing Provision in the House Impeachment Resolution

Today's #impeachment resolution adopted by the House of Representatives includes a key provision that has the potential to become a game changer.

Former White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston explains:

The measure would keep Trump’s lawyers from participating in the impeachment process if the White House continues to refuse to produce documents and bar witnesses from testifying,

European countries are looking to hand off their foreign fighter dilemma to Iraq rather than repatriate ISIS suspects an...
10/31/2019
ISIS Suspect Transfers to Iraq Replete with Risks

European countries are looking to hand off their foreign fighter dilemma to Iraq rather than repatriate ISIS suspects and prosecute them back home.

Human Rights Watch's Belkis Wille on the serious problems with this approach:

Despite well-documented concerns, some European States appear to be negotiating the transfer of thousands of foreign ISIS suspects to Iraq.

Egypt has been seeking to undermine longstanding consensus at the UN on norms for human rights in countering terrorism. ...
10/30/2019
Keeping Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism in Focus at the UN

Egypt has been seeking to undermine longstanding consensus at the UN on norms for human rights in countering terrorism.

Andrew Smith ARTICLE 19 and Matt Pollard International Commission of Jurists propose a way member states can take a principled and strategic position.

Egypt has for years sought to undermine consensus on norms for human rights in countering terrorism. It's time for member states to take a principled stand.

Exclusive: The Pentagon warned the White House this summer that the Ukraine money needed to be released by Aug. 6, other...
10/30/2019
Exclusive: White House Ignored Pentagon Warning on Ukraine Funding

Exclusive: The Pentagon warned the White House this summer that the Ukraine money needed to be released by Aug. 6, otherwise DoD wouldn't be able to spend it in time.

The White House ignored the warning.

New from Just Security Editorial Director Kate Brannen.
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The Pentagon warned the White House over the summer that if the Ukraine funding wasn’t released by August 6, DoD would be at risk of violating the law.

"Female Genital Mutilation and the Treaty Power: What Congress Can Do"By Daniel Rice #FGM #ICCPR
10/29/2019
Female Genital Mutilation and the Treaty Power: What Congress Can Do

"Female Genital Mutilation and the Treaty Power: What Congress Can Do"

By Daniel Rice

#FGM #ICCPR

Since 1996, the act of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been a federal crime. Federal circuit courts have characterized FGM as “a barbaric practice unbecoming of a civilized society,” “a form of physical torture causing grave and permanent harm,” and “a horrifically brutal procedure.”...

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