Kenneth Anderson

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Kenneth Anderson is a professor of international law at Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC, and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in international law. Formerly general counsel to the Open Society Institute and director of the Human Rights Watch Arms Division, Anderson has written Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order (2012), and a new book with Benjamin Wittes, Speaking the Law: The Obama Administration’s Addresses on National Security Law (2013), both published by the Hoover Institution Press. Anderson blogs at the law professor websites Volokh Conspiracy and Opinio Juris, and is the book review editor of the national security law website Lawfare.

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A Dissertation On The Strategic Logic Of Military Coups

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, July 15, 2016

In light of the coup attempt in Turkey (still apparently underway at this writing), I want to note a fairly recent book on coup d'etats from a political science perspective - Naunihal Singh's Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups (Johns Hopkins Press 2014). 

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Eric Talbot Jensen On Presidential Pronouncements Of Customary International Law

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, July 8, 2016

BYU law professor Eric Talbot Jensen has a new article posted to SSRN (appearing in Brigham Young University Law Review) titled, "Presidential Pronouncements of Customary International Law as an Alternative to the Senate's Advice and Consent." Very interesting and well worth reading.

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Text Of Russia-China Joint Declaration On Promotion And Principles Of International Law

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Last week I noted that the foreign ministries of Russia and China announced plans to issue a joint statement on the "promotion of international law" during the June 25, 2016 visit of President Vladimir Putin to China.

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Manzanar In California's Owens Valley On Independence Day

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day to Americans everywhere! My wife and I are on vacation in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains of California, a part of it called the Owens Valley (which, His Serenity notes in passing, is God’s Own Country).

Analysis and Commentary

The Centenary Of The Battle Of The Somme

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Americans (myself included) have tended not to be attentive to the Great War. Our attention is focused instead on World War II, and we think of the Great War as "World War I" - and regard the "First" merely as wind-up to the "Second."

Analysis and Commentary

Military Drones: Evolutionary, Not Transformative, Not Revolutionary

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Over the past decade, military drones, whether weaponized or merely equipped for surveillance, have been at the center of many heated arguments, whether about targeted killing, counterterrorism, the supposedly "too easy" resort to force through drones, and a host of other controversies.

Analysis and Commentary

An American (Diplomat Not) In Paris

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, June 27, 2016

A review of To the Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect by Mary Thompson-Jones (W.W. Norton 2016).

Analysis and Commentary

Strategic Effects Of Proliferating Military UAVs In The Asia Pacific Region

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, June 24, 2016

Although drone warfare to date has overwhelmingly been analyzed in the context of US operations against non-state actors - Al Qaeda or affiliated groups or, more recently, ISIS - much of the impact of drones on warfare is likely to come in the markedly different environment of state-to-state conflict (or near conflict) in the Asia Pacific ocean.

Analysis and Commentary

Russia And China To Sign Joint Declaration On Principles Of International Law

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Friday, June 24, 2016

According to a statement issued today by the Russian Foreign Ministry (thanks to the OUP International Law Blog for flagging it), during the upcoming June 25, 2016 state visit of the Russian president to China, the "foreign ministers of both countries are planning to sign a declaration on increasing the role of international law."

Analysis and Commentary

Perennial Issues In The International Law Of The Use of Force

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Oxford Handbook of the Use of Force in International Law (edited by the highly distinguished Cambridge University international law scholar Marc Weller) labors under two handicaps before ever reaching the book's content.

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