Blog Posts: Terrorism

Security Council resolutions fail to buttress common anti-ransom policy

Successive U.N. Security Council resolutions purport to ban ransom payments to terrorists. But a recent shift by the Obama administration has left the U.K. as the only major country with a strict no-negotiation policy.

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No Comments | Posted by Jennie L. Cunningham on Tue. November 24, 2015 9:36 AM
Categories: Reports (longer, analytical blog posts), Terrorism, U.N. Security Council, United Kingdom, United States

ICC prosecution targets destruction of ancient religious sites

The ICC case, which follows the destruction of religious and cultural monuments in Mali, is in one sense the first of its kind.


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No Comments | Posted by Kathryn J. Hesman on Tue. October 13, 2015 2:01 PM
Categories: Africa, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, Iraq, Islamic State, Syria, Terrorism, UNESCO, United Nations

What is "terrorism"? The U.N. should not leave it up to Egypt

The U.N. Security Council did not define "terrorism" when it passed its anti-ISIS resolution. It should do so as soon as possible.


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No Comments | Posted by John B. Holt on Wed. October 7, 2015 2:03 PM
Categories: Egypt, International Human Rights, Islamic State, Terrorism, U.N. Security Council

Cameron and The Caroline: Are UK drone strikes on ISIS “self-defense”?

An 1837 incident involving Canadian rebels has become a key test for anticipatory self-defense. What does it mean for a recent UK drone strike against ISIS?


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No Comments | Posted by Amanda M. Hayes on Wed. September 23, 2015 9:41 PM
Categories: Insurgency, Islamic State, Law of War, Syria, Terrorism, United Kingdom, United Nations

Killer Robots and the Legal Implications

Crootof details two concerns about autonomous weapons: (1) that the independence of the weapons creates liability issues; and, (2) that a democracy which is immune from feeling the human cost of war, would be emboldened to act and could potentially cause more conflict.


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Posted by Michael Dolan Berry on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:32 AM
Categories: Law of War, South Korea, Symposium, Terrorism

Silent Terrorism: What is the International Community Doing to Control Boko Haram?

While the world was focused on the media surrounding terrorist attacks in Paris, France, another Islamic terrorist organization, Boko Haram, massacred 2,000 residents of Baga, Nigeria. The terroristic acts of Boko Haram are not new for the terrorist organization considered the second deadliest in the world, only behind the Taliban.


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Posted by Christina L. Anderson on Fri. February 6, 2015 8:29 AM
Categories: African Union, Insurgency, International Human Rights, Terrorism

Symposium Review: Military Commissions - Are They Fair and Are They Really Working?

The current military commission system came into place when President Obama signed the Military Commissions Act of 2009. The use of military commissions is nothing new in the United States. Military commissions have been used since the Revolutionary War, when General George Washington put into place a Board of General Officers in order to determine whether a former soldier was a spy for Great Britain. There has been great debate over whether the detainees of Guantanamo and other detainees are being afforded due process of the law in these military commissions and whether military commissions have ever been successful in practice.


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No Comments | Posted by Zachary P. Ainsztein (Zach) on Fri. February 14, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Symposium, Terrorism

al-Shahaab Raid Justified by AUMF

On October 5, 2013, US Navy SEALS entered Somalia to capture Kenyan national Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, whose al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Considering that U.S. embassy operations are suspended in Somalia, and the United States is not engaged in a direct military conflict with Somalia, was the raid legal?


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No Comments | Posted by Max P. Biedermann on Wed. February 12, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Africa, African Union, AUMF, Customary International Law, Kenya, Somalia, Syria, Terrorism

Attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall Sparks African Union's Battle with the International Criminal Court

Amidst growing unhappiness with the International Criminal Court, the African Union now demands the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta be postponed following the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya. 


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No Comments | Posted by Emily C. Doll on Thu. November 7, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Africa, African Union, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Kenya, Terrorism

Sneak Preview: Cyber Attacks and the Beginnings of a Cyber Treaty

The U.S. Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden were inside Pakistan for three and a half hours -- undetected. Was their stealth made possible by cyberwarfare? 


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No Comments | Posted by Stephen A. Moore on Wed. October 30, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Anonymous, Cyberwarfare, Osama Bin Laden, Pakistan, Terrorism
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