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on February 17, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Piracy Presents Opportunity for NATO-Russia Cooperation

By Ronak D. Desai —
Combating the scourge of maritime piracy has emerged as a promising area of cooperation between NATO and the Russian Federation.

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on February 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Drafts and Mercenaries

By John Thorlin — Should the United States reinstitute the draft? In the Summer 2010 edition of the Yale Journal of International Affairs, Dr. Joseph Vasquez questions the wisdom of using private military contractors (PMCs) and suggests that reinstitution of the draft might be preferable on moral and economic grounds.  He cites a 2007 shooting incident which led to manslaughter […]

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on January 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Preventive Detention in American Theory and Practice

Adam Klein and Benjamin Wittes show that contrary to civic mythology, the extra-criminal detention of terrorism suspects is not “an extraordinary aberration from a strong American constitutional norm.”

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on January 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

Cybersecurity and National Policy

Daniel Geer’s essay on cybersecurity policy, found in NSJ Volume 1, has been nominated for the Third Annual Social Security Blogger Awards.

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on November 10, 2010 at 1:02 am

Potential National Security Ramifications of the New U.S. Congress

By Daniel Jacobson — As the public digests the results of last week’s midterm elections, many commentators have begun discussing how the makeup of the new Congress will affect various legislative areas, including national security.  Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare (and NSJ advisory-board member) suggests that the election’s impact on substantive national security issues will likely be “minimal,” noting that the […]

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on November 8, 2010 at 12:23 am

Former CIA Acting General Counsel John Rizzo Speaks at Harvard Law School

By John Cella — On November 8, former Central Intelligence Agency Acting General Counsel John A. Rizzo visited Harvard Law School at an event sponsored by the Harvard National Security Law Association. Currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Rizzo is now working on a memoir detailing his 34 years of service at the CIA. Except for a period […]

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on November 6, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Nuclear Liability Issue Remains Key Challenge as Obama Visits India

By Ronak D. Desai — With President Obama’s visit to India underway, officials in New Delhi are working with Washington to ease American concerns over nuclear liability legislation recently enacted by the Indian Parliament that effectively precludes nuclear commerce between the United States and India.  Formally entitled, “Civil Liability for the Nuclear Damages Bill, 2010,” the legislation should have represented […]

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on November 4, 2010 at 1:16 am

EU Exercises New Control over Flight Data-Sharing, Threatening Counterterrorism Efforts

By Grey Fisher — As any American who has traveled since 9/11 knows, when you arrive at the airport, you check much of your privacy at the curb.  Car stops, luggage searches, and security check points with X-ray scanners all demonstrate that, in the timeless battle between security and liberty, security trumps at the airport.  While there is no shortage […]

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on August 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Convention on Cluster Munitions Holds Significant Implications for Signatories and Non-Signatories Alike

On August 1, 2010, the Convention on Cluster Munitions came into effect as binding international law among its signatories.  Even for non-signatory states like the United States, the Convention’s requirements will have a significant impact on the use of cluster munitions and the strategic context for their use. The treaty was adopted at the end of a ten-day conference in […]

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on July 6, 2010 at 11:47 pm

The American Commitment in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Efforts as Peace Broker

In the wake of Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s dismissal, questions linger about the trajectory of the American-led war in Afghanistan. While administration officials insist that McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy—formulated with the help of his successor, Gen. David Petraeus—will remain in place under the latter’s leadership, the incident underscored for many the fragility of the Afghan operation as it enters its ninth year.  […]

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