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Why Does the UN Still Exist?

by Kenneth Andersonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Corrupt and ineffective, it falsely promises that global governance and peace are near at hand...

Analysis and Commentary

Mark Mazzetti, The Drone Zone in the New York Times Magazine

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

Readings: Jennifer C. Daskal, The Geography of the Battlefield

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, May 5, 2012

In the next few days, the Naval War College will be devoting a workshop to the topic of the legal geography of the battlefield. That includes the question of whether there is one, separate from where the targetable fighters in a conflict go...

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Law and Ethics for Robot Soldiers

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lethal autonomous weapons systems – the “robot soldiers” of our title – are going to come to the battlefield, sooner or later. So we should be asking now how they can and should be regulated within the law of armed conflict...

Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order by Kenneth

Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and International Order

by Kenneth Andersonvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

International legal scholar Kenneth Anderson analyzes US-UN relations in each major aspect of the United Nations’ work—security, human rights and universal values, and development—and offers workable, practical principles for US policy toward the United Nations.

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Harvard National Security Journal Symposium on Covert Action

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, April 7, 2012

One substantive observation. This meeting benefited marvelously from the presence of some of the most senior lawyers on special operations and national security – but they were all from DOD...

United Nations

Living with the U.N.

by Kenneth Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 6, 2012

The world body cannot escape from its own persistent and severe limitations, but perhaps the United States can. By Kenneth Anderson.

Analysis and Commentary

Readings: Peter Margulies, “Valor’s Vices: Against a State Duty to Risk Forces in Armed Conflict”

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Peter Margulies has taken up this very difficult moral and legal issue, and argues against the Walzerian position. This is impressive work, whether or not one ultimately agrees with his argumentation...

Analysis and Commentary

CIA, Drones and Proxy Forces, and the Exit from Afghanistan

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Saturday, March 3, 2012

As drone warfare, targeted killing, discrete and discriminating uses of force through advanced technology become the new normal..., they will not remain in the shadows, neither will they be justified by some immediate exigency...

Analysis and Commentary

Readings: Pir Zubair Shah, My Drone War

by Kenneth Andersonvia Lawfare
Monday, February 27, 2012

Journalist Pir Zubair Shah writes in the March-April 2012 issue of Foreign Policy. My Drone War: American drones have changed everything for al Qaeda and its local allies in Pakistan, becoming a fact of life in a secret war that is far from over...