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on February 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

The Lost Dimension: Food Security and the South China Sea Disputes

Food security was a key driver behind the development of the current framework governing the law of the sea. This matters for why–and how–the Chinese are contesting claims in the South China Sea.
Photo courtesy of Reuters.

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on February 24, 2015 at 10:53 am

Drones in the U.S. National Airspace System: A Safety and Security Assessment

3 areas continue to hold our national security at risk and plague drone integration efforts: (1) inadequate safety systems, (2) inadequate statutes, and (3) incomplete threat analyses. The authors discuss each area in detail along with proposed solutions. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

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on February 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Meaningful Transparency: The Missing Numbers the NSA and FISC Should Reveal

Many Americans are skeptical or distrustful of U.S. Government intelligence collection methods. Increasing transparency by presenting additional data in an accessible way could help.

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on October 19, 2014 at 7:26 pm

The Case for Export Control Reform, and What it Means for America

By Brandt Pasco* A signature national security priority of President Barack Obama’s Administration, and an area that has generated rare broad-based bipartisan support, is export control reform.  At the request of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in August 2009 President Obama directed the National Security Council and National Economic Council to jointly review the overall export control system.[1]  Now five […]

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on June 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

Volume 5, Issue 2

Volume 5, Issue 2 of the Harvard National Security Journal is now available! Read here!

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on June 13, 2014 at 8:18 am

Staying Strong: Enhancing Israel’s Essential Strategic Options

By Louis René Beres* In early 2014, Washington and Moscow competed openly for influence in Egypt: Putin even promised expansive arms packages to now-President Sisi. With this in mind, Sisi is apt to play the U.S. and Russia off against each other, a cold war strategy that has implications for Israel’s security doctrine, including perhaps its nuclear doctrine.(1) Israel operates […]

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on May 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

Ukraine’s Crisis Part 2: LOAC’s Threshold for International Armed Conflict

Series Introduction  Following a new outbreak of violence in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, tensions in Ukraine and between Russia and the United States and NATO countries are high ahead of Ukraine’s presidential elections Sunday. Russian troops remain along Ukraine’s eastern border, notwithstanding Moscow’s promise of withdrawal. In this murky situation, however, it is crucial to rely on several foundational principles of international […]

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on March 3, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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.

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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 February 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

Former DoD General Counsel to speak at spring symposium: Blurring Boundaries: Human Rights in Armed Conflicts

Jeh Johnson, General Counsel for the Defense Department from 2009-2012, will headline the day long event

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