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The Kurdish Referendum and the Possibility of Secession: A US Choice

By   /  January 24, 2018  /  Featured, Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security  /  Comments Off on The Kurdish Referendum and the Possibility of Secession: A US Choice

By: Rachel Bauer In a referendum on September 25, 2017, approximately 92% of the 3.3 million Kurds and non-Kurds in northern Iraq voted to back secession. The Kurds have been semi-autonomous since the end of the Gulf War in 1991; however, they remain officially part of Iraq, and as such cannot act entirely independently. This […]

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The Legal Irrelevance of the IRGC 13224 Designation

By   /  January 23, 2018  /  Combatting Material Support of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, Dealing with Religious Extremism, Foreign Relations, International Law, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy  /  Comments Off on The Legal Irrelevance of the IRGC 13224 Designation

By: Sam Cutler On October 13, 2017, President Trump designated the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) organization pursuant to Executive Order 13224. E.O. 13224, signed in the aftermath of September 11th, authorizes the State and Treasury departments to designate individuals and entities involved in acts of international terrorism, […]

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“Fix NICS”: Potential Emergence of Further Gun Regulations

By   /  January 11, 2018  /  National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Public Security, Trending Topics  /  Comments Off on “Fix NICS”: Potential Emergence of Further Gun Regulations

By Leemor Banai On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman became the first mass shooter in American history. He killed seventeen people, including his wife and mother, and wounded more than thirty others on the University of Texas – Austin campus. Since then, mass shootings have become more common in today’s society, with two of the […]

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China and the Manmade Islands: Responses from the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration

By   /  January 1, 2018  /  Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security, National Security Law & Policy  /  Comments Off on China and the Manmade Islands: Responses from the Obama Administration and the Trump Administration

By Lauren Stimpert Since at least 2015, China has been constructing a series of artificial islands, including building on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Island chain. China’s artificial islands are intended for military purposes, outfitted with airways and military hangers. While Hague Tribunal’s ruling struck down China’s claim, invalidating their South China Sea claim, China […]

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Islamophobia: A Cause of Domestic Terrorist Attacks

By   /  December 22, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, Dealing with Religious Extremism, Global War on Terror, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Public Security  /  Comments Off on Islamophobia: A Cause of Domestic Terrorist Attacks

By Jaime Rosenberg, December 22, 2017 The Islamic State (ISIS) has instilled fear into nations world-wide after conducting over 70 terrorist attacks in 20 different nations. After 9/11, Islamophobia has become an epidemic across the United States and is growing every day. Muslim Americans have felt physically threatened and made to believe that they are […]

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