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The Global Counterterrorism Forum–Multilateralism that Even Trump Should Like

 

In his first speech to Congress, President Donald Trump said that, “our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world.” However, it is hard to tell how he intends to engage with the United Nations and other multilateral institutions that have been at the heart of America’s efforts in this regard for over 70 years. …   continue »

Russia Maintains Objection to General Assembly’s Mechanism for Syria

 

On 21 December 2016, the General Assembly (GA) adopted Resolution 71/248, creating a new body to collect evidence of international crimes in Syria (formally known as “the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011,” and in shorthand known as “the IIIM” or “the Mechanism”).…   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 »

Recommended Reading: Kristen Eichensehr on Classifying the Election System as “Critical Infrastructure” in Response to Russian Hacks

Several news outlets are reporting that the Obama Administration is likely to announce very shortly a packet of measures it will pursue in response to Russian cyber activities during the presidential election. The Washington Post‘s Ellen Nakashima has an in-depth report on the internal executive branch deliberations on whether to alter existing presidential authorities to classify the election system as “critical infrastructure” of the United States.…   continue »

The UN General Assembly’s Historic Resolution on Accountability for Syria: What It Means and What Are Its Limits

The United Nations General Assembly voted yesterday to establish “the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Those Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011” (“the Mechanism”).  continue »

What to Expect from Next Week’s Fifth CCW Review Conference Focusing on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

On Monday, the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) will kick off in Geneva and focus on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS).…   continue »