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Trump’s Travel Ban Could Let Repressive Regimes Decide Who Can Enter US


In an apparent attempt to moot the multiple court challenges to his Executive Order on immigration, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he’d issue a new immigration order by next week.

A new order will likely attempt to fix some of the most controversial elements of the original one, perhaps by limiting the impact to individuals who are not already lawful permanent residents, or to people who haven’t yet applied for visas.…   continue »

Norms Watch: Tracking the Erosion of Democratic Traditions (Feb. 10-17)


Trump’s dysfunctional national security apparatus is in turmoil this week, following the resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and Trump’s discussion of sensitive security matters in the Mar-a-Lago public dining room.  

Flynn’s Resignation

On Monday night, Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned after revelations that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his inappropriate contacts with Russia.  continue »

The Draft Order on Multilateral Treaties and the Trump Administration’s Failure to Understand the Human Rights of National Security

On January 25, the New York Times reported on a leaked draft executive order (EO) draft to impose a moratorium on joining new multilateral treaties and establish a review committee to reconsider participation in all such treaties to which the United States is a party or might join.…   continue »

Post-Flynn’s Resignation: New and Important Questions Raised

The resignation of National Security Adviser retired Lt. General Michael Flynn and the reporting surrounding his actions have raised new questions about the Trump administration’s contacts with Russian officials and why the White House statements often appear contradictory. Here we try to lay out some of the issues for readers to track in the days and weeks ahead.…   continue »

Trump’s Muslim Ban & the Propaganda Value of Violence Against Women

There has been much well-deserved criticism of President Trump’s Executive Order imposing a Muslim Ban on entry into the United States and the chaotic and non-deliberative process by which it was promulgated. One line, however, has escaped sufficient attention (in italics below):

In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

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Norms Watch: Tracking the Erosion of Democratic Traditions (Feb. 3-10)


Threatening judicial independence and American constitutional principles, Trump attacked a federal court judge this week in an unprecedented move which generated critique from Democrats, Republicans, and even Trump’s own nominee for the Supreme Court.

Trump Attacks Judge on Twitter

After Judge James Robart, a federal judge in Seattle, blocked Trump’s immigration ban nationwide on Friday, Trump launched an attack on Judge Robart the next day, referring to him as a “so-called judge” and declaring his decision to be “ridiculous.” Trump wasn’t finished blasting the judge, and on Sunday stated that Judge Robart would be to blame “if anything bad happens.” In what became a whirlwind weekend, the Justice Department filed a notice on Saturday night that it would formally appeal the order and on Sunday morning, the U.S.  continue »

Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law of Cyber Operations: What It Is and Isn’t

This week marked the release of Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law of Cyber Operations, the result of the follow-on project that led to the publication of the Tallinn Manual on the Law of Cyber Warfare in 2013. The culmination of the project will be marked by events in Austin, Washington, The Hague, Tallinn, and Canberra.…   continue »