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Big Trouble in the East China Sea: The Legal Obligations of the United States and the Disputed Senkaku Islands

By   /  September 17, 2012  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

An international dispute over a small collection of uninhabited islands and rocks may sound charmingly historic. Didn’t the great imperial powers of the 19th century, the British and the French and the Germans, neatly carve up the world with a line on the map and a flag in the sand? Surely any subsequent question of […]

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U.S. Options Regarding Syrian Chemical Weapons

By   /  September 14, 2012  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

U.S. President Barack Obama was recently quoted as saying that the use of chemical weapons in Syria would prompt some sort of American response. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of […]

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SEAL Team Six Member’s Next Battle Could Be in Court

By   /  September 12, 2012  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

A former Navy SEAL who participated in the operation that killed Osama bin Laden has written a book about the mission, which went on sale September 4th. The SEAL wrote the book under the pseudonym Mark Owen, but Fox News revealed his real identity as Matt Bissonnette after multiple other SEALs came forward with the […]

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United States v. Amawi: Federal Conspiracy Statute is Put to the Test – and Wins

By   /  September 10, 2012  /  National Security Law  /  No Comments

Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi and Wassim Mazloum were charged and convicted of violating, among other laws, 18 U.S.C. § 956(a)(1), which states that anyone who “conspires with one more other persons, regardless of where such other person(s) are located, to commit at any place outside the United States an act that would constitute the offense […]

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Growing Instability in the Law of the South China Sea

By   /  September 6, 2012  /  Trending Topics  /  No Comments

The South China Sea dispute involves potentially massive stores of oil and natural gas beneath the waters of disputed territorial and economic claim between China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei. For other nations, including the US, it involves ensuring the South China Sea, which carries about half the world’s trade, remains free for […]

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