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A Dream Deferred: Rescinding DACA Makes Us Less Secure


While rescinding  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, fits comfortably into the thematic vision of “America First” that resonates so well with President Donald Trump’s voter base, in reality the far-reaching ramifications of this anti-immigration decision are devastating and deeply undermine American values.…   continue »

West Point Grad: Rename Lee Barracks


West Point, my alma mater, is a source of great personal pride. It always has been, and it always will be. The institution has recently taken several steps worthy of particularly high praise. Just this month, West Point announced that it has for the first time chosen an African-American woman, Simone Askew, to hold the highest-ranking position in the cadet chain of command—First Captain.…   continue »

A Wrap-Up of Just Security’s Coverage of Trump’s Trans Ban


It’s been over two weeks since President Donald Trump tweeted his decision to ban transgender people from serving from the military. On the Wednesday it happened, the White House was caught flat-footed and could not provide basic information about how the ban would be implemented and what it would mean for the thousands of transgender service members serving in the military today, many of them deployed overseas.  continue »

Your Tweet is My Command


My friend Phil Carter has written an excellent piece for Slate, pointing out the institutional dangers of disregarding President Trump’s recent series of tweets that announced an unjustified retrograde policy barring transgender personnel from service in the armed forces.…   continue »

Integrating Iraqi Fighting Forces Is Not Enough to Curb Abuse

Human Rights Watch saw Shia armed forces allied with the Iraqi government commit horrific abuses against the Sunni civilian population during the operation to retake Fallujah back in May. We didn’t want it to happen again in Mosul.

As a result, Human Rights Watch pressed the Iraqi government to keep the abusive units within the Popular Mobilization Forces, also known as Hashd al-Sha’abi, out of the Mosul operation.…   continue »