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Readings: Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We are pleased to share our recently published article on law and autonomous weapons, on which we teamed up with our good friend Daniel Reisner (formerly head of the Israel Defense Forces International Law Department). The article, “Adapting the Law of Armed Conflict to Autonomous Weapon Systems,” appears as 90 International Law Studies 386 (2014), available online at SSRN (free pdf download).

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Chaos in Libya

by Matthew Waxmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

That humanitarian intervention may be tragically counter-productive.

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Analysis and Commentary

What Libya Says About Intervention

by Matthew Waxmanvia Global Public Square (CNN)
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Last month, American diplomats and Marines were evacuated from Tripoli. The 2011 international coalition intervention in Libya was supposed to be a step forward for the Responsibility to Protect doctrine – the notion that if a state fails to protect its citizens from mass atrocities, it becomes the international community's responsibility to do so. Tragically, the current collapse of governance and bloody infighting among factional militias there will instead result in a step backwards for this important principle.

Analysis and Commentary

Snowden Disclosures and Norms of Cyber-Attacks

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Secrecy---of the sort that typically shrouds cyber-defense and cyber-attack capabilities and doctrine---complicates the development of international norms.  Secrecy makes it difficult to engage in sustained diplomacy about rules.  Officials can talk about

The Digital Age

Publicly Defending Secret Intelligence Programs

by Matthew Waxmanvia The Briefing
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The government often does a poor job of defending its most secret intelligence programs when they become public through leaks.  There are some obvious and largely structural reasons for this, including that the agencies conducting the programs are not designed for public relat

Analysis and Commentary

The Briefing: Publicly Defending Secret Intelligence Programs

by Matthew Waxmanvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, January 17, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Forced Repatriation is Part of Closing Guantanamo

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Saturday, December 7, 2013

As the Obama administration re-energizes efforts to winnow the Guantanamo population through transfers to other countries, it will be squeezed from many sides -- including from those who see the transfer arrangements as insufficiently protective of America

Syria, Threats of Force, and Constitutional War Powers

by Matthew Waxmanvia Yale Journal of International Law
Thursday, November 7, 2013
In August 2013, the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad launched a major sarin gas attack against opponents and civilians inside Syria, flagrantly crossing the “red line”....
Analysis and Commentary

Killer Robots and the Laws of War

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 3, 2013

With each new drone strike by the United States military, anger over the program mounts. On Friday, in one of the most significant U.S. strikes, a drone killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the lawless North Waziristan region bordering Afghanistan.

Don't Ban Armed Robots in the U.S.

by Kenneth Anderson, Matthew Waxmanvia New Republic
Thursday, October 17, 2013

What if armed drones were not just piloted remotely by humans in far-away bunkers, but they were programmed under certain circumstances to select and fire at some targets entirely on their own?