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A Small, If Uncertain, Step Towards Accountability: De Sousa and the Abu Omar Abduction

Portuguese courts continue to clear the path for the extradition of former CIA agent Sabrina De Sousa to Italy. In 2009, Italy convicted De Sousa and 22 other US officials (all but one of them were CIA agents) in absentia for their role in the abduction of terrorism suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr (also known as Abu Omar) from Milan in 2003.…   continue »

US Government Concludes no “War Crimes” in Kunduz Strike, But Fails to Explain Why

The US government’s 120-page report on the Kunduz airstrike — in which US forces killed 42 civilians and destroyed a Médicins Sans Frontières hospital — found that US forces violated their rules of engagement and violated fundamental rules of international humanitarian law (the law of armed conflict).…   continue »

Yes, Russia’s Antics in the Baltic Sea Violate “International Rules”

Recently, Russian aircraft ‘buzzed’ a US Navy ship and ‘barrel rolled’ over a US Air Force plane above the Baltic Sea. The fallout cast a distracting pall over last week’s NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels. The first such conference since Russia annexed Crimea, it was intended to defuse tensions between the alliance and Russia and allow dialogue on issues like Ukraine and Syria.…   continue »

Female Suicide Bombers: Somethings Old and Somethings New

This post 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.

The international news media and human rights advocates alike have consistently publicized Boko Haram’s kidnapping, sexual violence, and torture of women in Northern Nigeria.…   continue »

The State Department Adviser Signals a Middle Road on Common Article 1

In his remarks to the American Society of International Law earlier this month, State Department Legal Adviser Brian Egan stated that the United States’ commitment to upholding the law of armed conflict extends “to promoting law of armed conflict compliance by our partners.” He observed that partnerships with both state and non-state actors are important to current US military operations, including recent campaigns against ISIL.…   continue »