This month, Saudi-led coalition forces recommenced airstrikes on Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, targeting the forces of Ansar Allah (known as the Houthis), after peace talks that began back in April broke down. The coalition – which includes forces from Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates – supports ousted President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen, whose government is still recognized by most countries, and has been at war with the Houthis since March 2015.… continue »
Executive & Military
Why Doesn’t the ABA Consider Discrimination Based on Military or Veteran Status to be an Ethics Violation?
Earlier this month, the American Bar Association (ABA) crowed about a resolution (#109) that amended its Model Code of Professional Conduct to include as “professional misconduct” harassment or discrimination against a wide range of persons except, inexplicably, those having military or veteran status.… continue »
Sean Watts’ July 5, 2016 post focuses attention on two significant documents intended to clarify “how best to read and understand the law of war” in the 21st Century: the US DoD Law of War Manual and the Updated Commentaries on the First Geneva Convention of 1949. … continue »
On August 9, one day after the Pentagon notified Congress of its intention to sell $1.2 billion in weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after peace talks that began in April shut down.… continue »
Slowly but surely, over the past two years, the UN and national governments have acknowledged that what the Islamic State is doing to the Yazidi religious minority in Northern Iraq and Syria is genocide. But for all the gravity of that word, genocide continues, daily, hourly, every moment.… continue »
That’s how many individuals the Department of Defense continues to detain at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base after the recent transfer of 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates. Twenty of the remaining detainees have been cleared for transfer. [Numbers below updated.] Eight others are awaiting the results of a Periodic Review Board hearing; PRB hearings are scheduled for another three (Aug.… continue »
This is the latest installment of our “Monday Reflections” feature, in which a different Just Security editor examines the big stories from the previous week or looks ahead to key developments on the horizon.
On August 5, under legal pressure from the ACLU, the US government released its guidelines for overseas kill and capture operations against terrorist targets located outside of active American war zones.… continue »
According to a provocative new amicus brief filed by the Hoover Institution’s Adam White and UVA Law Professor Aditya Bamzai in opposition to certiorari in Akbar v. United States, a case challenging the constitutionality of the military death penalty (about which I blogged at length in May), the answer is yes.… continue »
A few days ago, it was reported that British special forces had used a deadly new weapon, nicknamed the Punisher, in a confrontation with ISIL in the Libyan city of Sirte (see here and here (“Who Dares Punishes” in the usual subtle tone of the Sun)).… continue »
Today, more than three years after President Obama announced that he had issued a classified “Presidential Policy Guidance,” commonly known as the PPG, meant to govern the United States’ use of lethal force against suspected terrorists outside of war zones, the public may finally get to see that document and several others as the result of an ACLU lawsuit.… continue »