Trump: Cherry-Picking International Law

by Derek Davison In drafting a resolution seeking to condemn Iran for its role in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, the United States—along with its UN Security Council allies Britain and France—seems to have cherry-picked information from a UN report that… Continue Reading  

Costs of the Clenched Fist

by Paul R. Pillar In his first inaugural address, one of President Barack Obama’s messages to America’s adversaries was that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  A few years later, the unclenching of… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Nuclear Program and International Law

by Peter Jenkins Anyone who took an interest in the diplomatic twists and turns that finally resulted in last year’s Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) are likely to enjoy Iran’s Nuclear Program and International… Continue Reading  

Congress Needs to Press the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia on Abuses in Yemen War

by Belkis Wille On August 9, one day after the Pentagon notified Congress of its intention to sell $1.2 billion in weapons systems to Saudi Arabia, the Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes on Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, after peace talks that began… Continue Reading  

Obama Still Searching for the Magic Formula on Drones

by Derek Davison On July 1, the Friday before a long holiday weekend, the Obama administration released a long-awaited estimate of the number of civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes—primarily delivered via unmanned drone—against suspected terrorist targets in “non-war zones.” These… Continue Reading