Hostage-Takers and Fleeing Felons: Questioning Two Analogies to the “Imminent Threat” of Terrorist Attack from Abroad

Hostage-Takers and Fleeing Felons: Questioning Two Analogies to the “Imminent Threat” of Terrorist Attack from Abroad

Amien Kacou, attorney at GPI Law PLLC, argues that analogies from the use of lethal force against hostage-takers or fleeing felons to justify targeted killings of suspected al Qaeda terrorists are misguided. Image courtesy of Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.5.

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Crimean Diplomacy

Crimean Diplomacy

Katherine Earle of AEI discusses the recent Crimean referendum to join Russia and the associated security implications. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Monthly National Security Forum: February 2014

Monthly National Security Forum: February 2014

The Harvard National Security Journal is launching a new initiative. Each month, panelists will comment on a question posed by the NSJ staff. This month’s topic: metadata. Image courtesy of NASA.

The Current Landscape of Cybersecurity Policy: Legislative Issues in the 113th Congress

The Current Landscape of Cybersecurity Policy: Legislative Issues in the 113th Congress

Mitchell S. Kominsky, Counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, discusses the state of cybersecurity legislation and the evolving nature of cyber policy. Image courtesy of Getty Images.

Shari’a Courts Move to the Battlefield:  Jabhat al-Nusra Opens a Legal Front in the Syrian Civil War

Shari’a Courts Move to the Battlefield: Jabhat al-Nusra Opens a Legal Front in the Syrian Civil War

Corri Zoli and Emily Schneider untangle the infighting between rival groups in Syria and the calls to use Shari’a to mediate the conflicts on the battlefield. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Volume 5, Issue 1

Volume 5, Issue 1

Volume 5, Issue 1 of the Harvard National Security Journal is now available online!

Features

on November 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

The Reverse Draft: Bringing the Military and Society Back Together

Lieutenant Joseph Hatfield discusses the merits of a “reverse draft” in bridging the growing disconnect between civilian society and the military. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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on October 24, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Lessons for Israel from Ancient Chinese Military Thought: Facing Iranian Nuclearization with Sun-Tzu

Professor Louis René Beres brings to bear two classical traditions to apply them to Israeli strategic planning. In this article, he takes a fresh look at Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War and weaves in Greek dialectical reasoning. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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on September 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Reforming FISC: Legislative Proposals for Creating a More Balanced FISA Court

Harvard Law Student Menno Goedman discusses critiques of the FISC appointment process in light of the increased public scrutiny of American intelligence operations. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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on August 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Striking Hezbollah-Bound Weapons in Syria: Israel’s Actions Under International Law

Professor Louis René Beres considers Israeli actions in response to threats emanating from Syria, Lebanon, and Iran in the contexts of weapons transfers, missile attacks, and an increasingly volatile situation in Syria. Map courtesy of Google Maps.

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on August 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

The Future of Drone Warfare

University of Virginia Law Professor Frederick Hitz discusses his theories regarding what he terms the “relentless non-humanity” of drone warfare. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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on August 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Welcome HLS 1Ls!

Dear HLS 1Ls, We at the Harvard National Security Journal (“NSJ”) welcome you to Harvard Law and invite you to get involved in our milestone fifth volume.  At NSJ, you will learn about editing, join an interesting community, and develop your resume.  Right away, you will have the opportunity to take on significant — and substantive — responsibilities. NSJ publishes […]

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on July 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm

The NSA Surveillance Controversy: How the Ratchet Effect Can Impact Anti-Terrorism Laws

King’s College London PhD student Austen D. Givens explores some of the ways in which the “ratchet effect” can impact anti-terrorism laws, making them difficult to scale back, and offers a set of policy recommendations to mitigate its effects. Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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on June 24, 2013 at 6:31 am

Are We Reaching a Tipping Point? How Contemporary Challenges Are Affecting the Military Necessity-Humanity Balance

Major Shane R. Reeves and Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey S. Thurnher address the relationship between the principles of military necessity and humanity, and warn that an overemphasis on humanity may be unfolding in the contexts of the “capture or kill” debate, autonomous weapons systems, and cyber warfare. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force

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on May 12, 2013 at 5:55 pm

On Wikipedia, Lawfare, Blogs, and Sources

Benjamin Wittes and Stephanie Leutert discuss the stifling effects of Wikipedia censorship on the national discussion of Lawfare. Photo courtesy of Reuters

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on April 28, 2013 at 9:57 am

VIDEO: 2013 NSJ Symposium

Jeh Johnson and others discuss human rights, IHL, and becoming a national security lawyer

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