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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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on July 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

Unlikely Routes: Stronger Militaries by Transforming Military Education

By Malik Ahmad Jalal and Agus Yudhoyono* – “I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us that the less we use our power, the greater it will be.” The words of U.S. philosopher-president Thomas Jefferson adorn the walls of Jefferson Memorial Library at West Point Military Academy.  They reflect the ethos that mastering warfare will not […]

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on June 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Supreme Court Upholds Federal Law Banning “Material Support” to Foreign Terrorist Groups

On Monday, June 21, the Supreme Court announced its ruling in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project.  In a 6 to 3 decision, the Court held that the material-support statute, 18 U.S.C. § 2339B, is constitutional as applied to the forms of support the plaintiffs sought to provide to foreign terrorist organizations. The case was brought over ten years ago by […]

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on June 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Strengthening Oversight of Missile Defense Spending

By Jordan Myers – Congress is taking the first step to increase oversight of the much-debated missile defense programs via new spending regulations in the proposed defense appropriations bill.  The Senate Armed Forces Committee inserted language requiring the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to report baselines for individual projects. The proposed language would require the MDA to report back to Congress […]

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on June 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Recent Arrests Highlight al-Shabaab’s U.S. Recruitment Efforts

By Brian Itami, NSJ Senior Editor – Over the last week and a half, at least fourteen Americans were detained on terrorism charges in the United States and Yemen in two separate incidents.  Law enforcement officials arrested Mohamed Alessa and Carlos Almonte on Saturday, June 5 at John F. Kennedy Airport as the two allegedly began a trip to join […]

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on June 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

A Tale of Two Bases: The Future of Okinawa and Sevastopol

By John Thorlin, NSJ Digest Editor – On June 2, 2010, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama resigned.  Though he poetically (or just strangely) claimed that a Japanese songbird he had seen during a recent trip to Korea had signaled to him that it was time to go, the real driving force behind the move was his failure to strike a […]

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