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Bellinger Op-Ed in Sunday NYT, Claims Bush and Obama Similar on Int'l Law

By   /  February 18, 2010  /  Experts, Foreign Relations, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events  /  No Comments

In a Sunday Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, John Bellinger, partner at Arnold & Porter (and former Bush State Dept. lawyer) asserted that Obama’s general approach to international law has thus far been similar to Bush’s. Two of the critical things Bellinger cites are the administrative difficulties that have slowed the closing of […]

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China Plans Foreign Military Bases, How the US Should Respond

By   /  February 4, 2010  /  Foreign Relations, National Security Law & Policy, News & Events  /  No Comments

In a move that is likely calculated to counter US influence abroad, the Chinese government plans to set up military bases beyond its own borders, including in neighboring Pakistan. The establishment of these bases would be significant for a number of reasons, including the fact that a base in Pakistan would allow China to further […]

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CFR's Adam Segal on Google, China, and Web Censorship

By   /  January 20, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

CFR’s Adam Segal, a counterterrorism and national security studies expert, discusses censorship issues in the wake of recent conflict between Google and the Chinese government. In an interview with Jayshree Bajoria, Segal discusses the potential for Google to discontinue its presence in China, should the Chinese government refuse to make concessions regarding its political censorship […]

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Dutch Commission Finds US-Led 2003 Iraq Invasion "Illegitimate"

By   /  January 13, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

An independent Dutch government commission reported yesterday that the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq lacked legitimate justification per international law. The commission had been set up in response to domestic Dutch political pressure to further investigate the series of events that led to the government’s support of the US invasion. Regarding the legality of the […]

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North Korea Claims Further Nuclear Progress

By   /  November 3, 2009  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

The North Korean regime has recently stated that it has finished the reprocessing of 8,000 spent fuel rods for weaponized plutonium. If these claims are accurate, this weaponized material can be used in a bomb. Many are concerned that the Taepodong-2, a long-range missile, is a delivery system capable of striking North America. With the […]

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