New publications

The latest volume in the International Law Studies (Blue Book) Series (Vol. 85, 2009) is out. The theme is “The War in Afghanistan: A Legal Analysis”; the editor is Michael N. Schmitt. Contents include:

  •  Adam Roberts, Afghanistan and International Security
  • Yoram Dinstein, Terrorism and Afghanistan
  • W. Michael Reisman, International Legal Dynamics and the Design of Feasible Missions: The Case of Afghanistan
  • John F. Murphy, Afghanistan: Hard Choices and the Future of International Law
  • Sean D. Murphy, The International Legality of US Military Cross-Border Operations from Afghanistan into Pakistan
  • Alan Cole, Legal Issues in Forming the Coalition
  • Charles Garraway, Afghanistan and the Nature of Conflict
  • Geoffrey S. Corn, Making the Case for Conflict Bifurcation in Afghanistan: Transnational Armed Conflict, al Qaida and the Limits of the Associated Militia Concept
  • Gary D. Solis, Law of War Issues in Ground Hostilities in Afghanistan
  • W. Hays Parks, Combatants
  • Michael N. Schmitt, Targeting and International Humanitarian Law in Afghanistan
  • Matthew C. Waxman, The Law of Armed Conflict and Detention Operations in Afghanistan
  • Stephane Ojeda, US Detention of Taliban Fighters: Some Legal Considerations
  •  Ryan Goodman, Rationales for Detention: Security Threats and Intelligence Value
  • David Turns, Jus ad Pacem in Bello? Afghanistan, Stability Operations and the International Laws Relating to Armed Conflict
  • Kenneth Watkin, Stability Operations: A Guiding Framework for “Small Wars” and Other Conflicts of the Twenty-First Century?
  • Marco Sassòli, The International Legal Framework for Stability Operations: When May International Forces Attack or Detain Someone in Afghanistan?
  • Eric Talbot Jensen & Amy M. Pomeroy, Afghanistan Legal Lessons Learned: Army Rule of Law Operations
  • Françoise J.Hampson, Is Human Rights Law of Any Relevance to Military Operations in Afghanistan?
  • Stephen Pomper, Human Rights Obligations, Armed Conflict and Afghanistan: Looking Back Before Looking Ahead

The Center for a New American Security has published a report by Marc Lynch entitled “Rethoric and Reality: Countering Terrorism in the Age of Obama”. Here’s the summary:

President Barack Obama shifted away from the rhetorical framework of former President George W. Bush’s “Global War on Terror” because he believed this would allow America to more effectively combat the challenge posed by violent extremists such as al-Qaeda.  Despite this change in rhetoric, and dramatic changes from the early years after 9/11, the Obama administration’s approach demonstrates striking continuity with the policies and philosophies adopted by the Bush administration in its final two years. This report – authored by Marc Lynch – examines the Administration’s efforts to change America’s rhetoric and adapt to new threats.  Lynch calls on the Obama administration to more clearly articulate its counterterrorism strategy, adapt to new domestic threats, coordinate efforts to engage publics and counter extremist narratives and prepare for a successful attack well in advance.  He also warns of the inherent tensions that arise from the administration’s rhetorical commitment to the rule of law as essential to a durable, legitimate campaign against violent extremists even as it escalates its covert drone operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan and counterterrorism partnerships in ungoverned territories.

The latest issue of Terrorism Monitor (Jamestown Foundation, Volume 8: Issue 22) has an article by Animesh Roul entitled “Banning Terrorist Groups: India’s Counterterrorism Priorities”. Here’s the introduction:

India, one of the most terrorism-troubled countries in the world, is finally pursuing the idea of proscribing nearly 100 terrorist entities, both regional and international. The proscription will exist in tandem with the United Nations’ consolidated list of al-Qaeda and Taliban linked groups. Many of these outlawed entities have staged numerous attacks either in India or abroad and threaten to continue their transnational terrorist activities in order to further their violent jihadi ideology.

The case of India is unique in comparison to many other countries of the world as it is the country with the greatest number of indigenous, home-grown terror groups along with a substantial presence of transnational terrorist entities on its soil and in neighboring countries, posing a constant threat to its security. India has witnessed the rise of Islamist terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and beyond in the last two decades, as well as left wing extremism in central and eastern India, ethnic separatist movements in the northeast and pro-Khalistan (Sikh homeland) militancy in Punjab.


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